I usually write about home décor, but as I was going through my images from 100% Design Tokyo, I came across this group of bicycle seats that made me stop and stare. The reason was the style and design. Applying trends from apparel and décor really made them feel new—and also took them into the realm of personalization.
The seats are from Morii Yoshiyuki. One seat features quilted comfort via stitched velvet embellished with small sequins. Both materials are on-trend for home furnishings. On another, a tooled leather seat with long suede fringe connects with new Country trends that are just emerging in apparel and on the watch list for 2009 in décor. The look evokes images of riding the range on two wheels instead of a horse. Metal studs edging a Black leather seat are a fit with reemerging Goth trends (watch for Victorian Goth). These embellishments terminate in a crescent of metal spikes in the front, making this counterculture bicycle seat one to take seriously. You’ll see what I mean when you look at the picture below.