TALKING ABOUT CRAFTS: GIOVANNI OF RI.CICLO TELLS ABOUT HIMSELFEfesti
The bicycles signed Ri.Ciclo represent a meeting point of passion for the manual work, recycled materials and touch for unique and sophisticated lines.
Efesti interviewed for you Giovanni of Ri.Ciclo: six responses to six questions about himself and his craft.
– Where, when, why. Tell us about your first steps into the world of crafts and the reasons that induced you to work with your hands.
The reason that inspired me the most to work in this field was of a practical character: that was the need to find a job. The more personal reason however was the desire to learn a manual work, a desire that I’d been cultivating for a long time … since when I was a child! After all, the decision to start creating bycicles was mostly guided by personal motives.
– What is the philosophy of the brand? What values would you like to communicate through your products?
The unique pieces are made with the client itself with whom you plan the creation of a new bicycle and the beauty is that something different comes out with each and every single person: from the choice of the color to the wheels, the structure and so on.
The brand “Ri.Ciclo” refers to the reuse of materials; the logo refers mainly to the reuse of the framework as a base and also to the quality of the new materials and ofcourse to the craftsmanship itself.
– A place with its own traditions and its authenticity can affect the development of an artifact. How much has the place where you create the bicucles influenced your production?
A lot, I think. My workshop, in Bologna, has a pretty strategic position, I decided to open it here because I have learned to work from the man who occupies the shop right next to me – which is precisely a bike mechanic shop – and the place where I work now is a space that he used to use as a warehouse. When he gave me the opportunity to use it I did not think twice about taking it, without looking for a more central place. However this laboratory had already advantageous features because it is a crossing point as well as close to a mechanic … whoever passed near by for a bike repairment has always noticed my workshop. In the course of time the word has spread and the workshop has become much more famous around the city.
– Being a craftsman in the twenty-first century: what have you recovered from the past? What have you innovate
The instruments change in time, but I think that the work of the craftsmen has always been the same. Regarding the innovation, in particular, I have integrated the foot brake on the bicycle; although I have not invented it of course, but it wasn’t commonly used around here. I’ve lived in the Netherlands for three years where it’s used a lot so I thought simply to mount one to my bikes as well by making them more interesting. Although some may not consider it one, the innovation is quite real because the foot brake was forgotten for a long time and now it’s finally rediscovered.
– Uniqueness at all costs: are the unique and limited products synonymous of quality? If so, why?
In my case not always, meaning that it depends on the budget of those who come to me and who might not want to spend that much. In fact, out of many bike’s components, the customer can choose to focus on the quality of certain parts rather than others. However, what I consider of quality – in the sense that I put all my knowledge and professional skills – is the precision, the time and the work that I dedicate to the construction of the object.
– Is there a word, a concept, a metaphor that can represent your business and your work also to enclose the meaning?
I would say that there are three words that enclose the sense of my work: ”time, dedication and precision” meaning that I take the right time to do what I do, quietly, to try to make it rational, without ommitting anything … then its up to’the others to judge.