The Bike Shed
Life is about three things folks. Food. Motorcycles. Music. They have an aura about them that can take you to places no other substitute would do, and the solitude you find in each one of them can become hypnotic.
And if you can find all of these under the same roof, a roof that once primarily used to store tobacco in the beginning of the 19th century, you do not need permission from your mother to get there.
Housed under 4 huge railway arches of the historic Tobacco Dock, is a motorcycle club called as ‘The Bike Shed’. It has a restaurant/café/lounge in London’s newest and most unique venue and flaunts some of the greatest vibes for every enthusiast of everything two-wheels. It also includes a shop, a salon, a blank canvas for private events and exhibition of the finest art and photography and custom builds adding to the sense of lifestyle and theatre.
In the year 1963, Prof. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche designed the legendary Porsche 911. And even to this day, that name has been synonyms to one of the most iconic car the world has ever seen. It is the longest running production car that still stays true to its roots as the quintessential sports car. The newest edition of this legend is the 911 GT3. Besides its mind bending performance figures and its handling prowess as a rear engine layout, it carries a glorious exhaust note from the flat six via its titanium silencer and chrome exhaust tips.
“Contemporary. Cool. Iconic.” Has been the tag line of every product that came out of the Porsche Design Studio in Zell am See and Berlin. They go beyond the borders of the automobile and create a new styling world for discerning men and women running the show. One such product from this company is the 911 Soundbar. A music sound system that notes every symphony of the sports car being transcended once again through a 911 exhaust unit.
iXOOST is an Italian company that believes that the skill and imagination needed to produce objects are adapted to those who use them, and not the other way round. Hustled in Modena, it hoons the same passion of craftsmanship shared by the many auto legends from the town. With greats like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Pagani having their roots running deep through the history of the city, iXOOST is on a musical journey to create a legacy for themselves.
The company takes used exhaust headers from high performance engines found in Formula 1 cars, Indy cars, prototypes, GT race cars, and road-legal supercars to turn them into artistic tabletop speaker systems.
iXOOST has been the pinnacle of handmade music docking systems since their launch in 2012 and they recently have launched the iXOOST XiLO which is the first wireless audio system that recreates the magical sound of engines. It is created to express a passion for the ‘Made in Italy’ generation where research, design and craftsmanship is all layered into one beautiful unit to bring the sound where you want it and how you want it.