If you gave Orla Kiely free rein to design a bike, what do you imagine she would come up with?
Well, it would be this gorgeous little number in sunshine yellow, all decked out with pannier bags in one of her gorgeous prints, a co-ordinating seat, and a wicker basket lined with a brown stem print. And, if you're very quick, you still have time to bid on the special one-off prototype model made to Orla's specifications for UK National Bike Week, and up for auction to raise money for charity.
Isn't she beautiful! I could see myself doing an awful lot more cycling if I had this amazing two-wheeler. A little retro-chic has never been more appealing!
And, to add to my ever-expanding Orla wishlist...
Orla's first book 'Pattern', due to hit the bookshelves in September. Giving a personal account of what informs her work, and inspires her creative process and designs, she looks at pattern in all its manifestations - the impact of scale and proportion, rhythm and texture, and the all important dimension of colour. With 300 glorious photographs, without a doubt, this book will be an inspirational treasure. You can see Orla talking about the book here...
I think we need to beg Orla to somehow put the bike into production too. Complete with matching helmet. Heck, I'd even be happy with helmet hair.
(book images Conran Octopus)