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Vanilla tricycle chosen for ‘West Coast Design’ museum exhibit

Posted by on December 29th, 2007 at 10:20 am

The Vanilla tricycle on display at
the 2006 Made in Portland
Bike Show.
(Photo © Jonathan Maus)

An upcoming exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design will feature a custom tricycle designed by Portland-based bike builder Sacha White.

According to an article in today’s San Francisco Chronicle, the exhibit, “New West Coast Design: Contemporary Objects,” will feature 60 items from 40 West Coast artists.

The article says the exhibit, “will shine a deserved spotlight on West Coast designers who might otherwise be ignored in an international setting where the name brand is king.”

White’s tricycle won “Best in Show” when it debuted at the 2006 North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

More info on the exhibit:

    New West Coast Design: Contemporary Objects. Jan. 18-April 27. San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design, 550 Sutter St., San Francisco. Satellite exhibitions during this period will be mounted at stores in the Bay Area. Suggested donation $3; discount for college students and seniors. Free for students up to 18 years old. (415) 773-0303.

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  • David Feldman December 30, 2007 at 8:34 am

    Sweet! Congratulations, Sacha. It\’s great to see bicycles and related machines regarded as art by art people, not just bicycle people.

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  • DO December 30, 2007 at 9:23 am

    Congratulations, Sacha.

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  • Bill Stites December 30, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    Having my shop in the same building as Sacha for the past 5+ years, I\’ve witnessed the amazing evolution of Vanilla firsthand.

    Sure, he had a high baseline of talent going in, but I can tell you that he works very hard – putting in a lot of hours to consistently improve his craft.

    Well-deserved recognition, I\’d say.

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  • BK December 30, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    This is an great response to a person doing something beautiful and revolutionary in the bicycle industry. Sacha White is melding clasic lines with a modern twist and it\’s great to see the public apprectiating such an extrodinary artist whose paint brush is a torch, and canvas, tubes of steel. Well done.

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  • mark December 30, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    I remember seeing this trike at a First Thursday exhibit at City Hall. It\’s indeed a work of art, as are all of the bikes that Sacha makes. there are definitely some beautiful bikes coming from Portland\’s bike builders, Vanilla is one of many great handbuilt bike companies here.

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