Posted on 01 September 2014

London Design Week Pop Up Factory

When given the opportunity to show off Brompton at the London Design Festival 2014, we decided to reveal our unique manufacturing process to the public.

When the opportunity to exhibit at the London Design Festival – a collection of 100’s of exhibitions based across 5 design districts – we couldn’t resist getting involved. We set up a pop-up factory just across the road from where the inventor Andrew Richie first designed the Brompton over 30 years ago. To celebrate the design nature of the show, we released a very limited number of special edition colours including Gold and Grey and the bikes could be made using up to 5 colours as opposed to the usual 2. Each bike made also featured a unique head badge celebrating the event.

Moving the production line to a basement in Central London was not without its challenges! We had to winch parts through the floor as they wouldn’t fit down the stairs and prepare over 500 parts to ensure the line ran smoothly.

Brompton customers weren’t our only visitors to the mini production line – we also had 5 schools visit and learn from our design team about how the Brompton Bikes are made. As part of the Design Festival we also arranged bicycle tours of the Brompton District (on our Brompton Bike Hire bikes of course!) and hosted a panel discussion on the “Inspiring the Future of Design” featuring speakers from Morgan Cars, Squint and Anglepoise.

Over 25 Brompton customers came and selected limited edition parts and watched their bikes being built in front of them. They were then able to ride them home later the same day. 100 additional bikes were made during the event and will be available to purchase from Brompton Junctions around the world.

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to read some of the press coverage from the event.