The Dutch Bike
NAI Publishers, 2012
Paperback, 160 pages, $19.95
Zahid Sardar (Visual Studies faculty) authored this book, the third in a Premsela/Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion book series highlighting Dutch culture. The Dutch Bike recounts the trajectory of the earliest bikes that emerged from England and France and became a ubiquitous part of the Dutch landscape. They were used by young and old, and the familiar triangulated steel frame omafiets or “granny” bike shown on the book’s cover became known as the Dutch bike. The book examines the historic and social conditions that made the Dutch bike popular around the globe and how it has evolved since its advent a little more than a century ago into one of the hippest symbols of eco-living in cities everywhere.
Sardar is a design critic who has written about industrial design and architecture for two decades in the San Francisco Chronicle, where he served as design editor. He also writes for Dwell magazine and other international design publications.