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ElasticShelf – Hold your bike books with style

0 Comments 15 July 2010

If you already did not have enough bike junk in your house, here's more!

If you already did not have enough bike junk in your house, here's more!

Inhabitat is writing about an auction happening in eBay for some bookshelves made from bike tire tubes called “ElasticShelf”. They’re surprisingly elastic and they form a shelf, sure to bend your paperbacks to oblivion, but if you have extra tubes lying around and you really, really don’t have enough bike junk in the house already (and your significant other gives permission) they’re yours for just .. wait for it .. $275 US. Seriously.

This shelf system by SystemDesignStudio for the home or office is made out of used bicycle tires tensed between two used furniture legs. This creates an interesting elastic structure that allows the owner to keep and display books and objects.

My question is, how can they seriously justify the asking price for three pairs of (used) tire tubes worth around $10 and a few old furniture legs. Now if they’d have that in carbon, we might think otherwise.

ElasticShelf Made From Bike Tire Tubes Up for Auction on eBay! | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World.

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