Under the tree was our very first Mongoose BMX bike. It was freezing cold outside, so we took it for a spin around the living room — until we crashed into a glass table, wrecking the bike, the table, and our mother’s sanity.
We wonder if Andy Gregg had a similar experience. Maybe that’s what led him to his current line of work.
He builds furniture — from old bicycle parts.
Gregg takes discarded bike rims, handlebars, tubes and frames and transforms them into ultra-modern tables, chairs, barstools and loveseats.
Though the raw materials come from a junk yard, he’s able to command top dollar for his creations. Prices range from about $200 for a table to $1,000 for a loveseat.
Gregg was an art student in Michigan in 1991 when he decided to fuse his two passions: cycling and design.
He had a penchant for collecting old tubes and rims. (Don’t ask us why.) One day, he used them to make a chair for an assignment in sculpture class.
By 2004, he was making enough money from his designs to quit his day job and focus full time on his business, Bike Furniture Design.
His work has attracted a fair bit of attention around the world. Gregg says he’s shipped orders as far as Singapore and the United Kingdom. His largest order to date: 13 pieces for the Tour of California bike race. The pieces were used inside the hospitality tent set up at the finish line.
How cool is that? He actually gets paid to trash the furniture.