Brooks And The Royal College of Art.

We Invited Budding Designers From London's RCA To Let Their Imagination Run Wild.

30 Oct 2012  |  Posted by GARETH  |  Categories: Art & Design, Friends, Heritage

The Brooks Works at Smethwick is well known as a popular port of call with people whose passions revolve around the human powered and two wheeled. Barely a week passes without some writer or photographer or documentary film maker rolling by to absorb the sights, sounds and smells of this icon of British manufacturing and design.

And so it was that Ben Wilson took one of his classes up to see us in Birmingham last year.

Ben, when not collaborating with us on occasional projects, lectures at the Royal College of Art in London, and in 2011 we agreed to get involved with one of his course modules.

His class came to visit us at the factory for a day hosted by Product Chief Andrea Meneghelli and Works Manager Steven Green. Ben’s students were given the full tour as well as a crash course in our company’s history. Thus armed they were challenged after lunch to start thinking of potential designs for a completely new product bearing our name.

This year we gathered the students together again for a reunion of sorts, but also to see what they had come up with for us. In today’s video, we see some of the ideas already as finished prototypes.

As to which, if any, will be going into production at Brooks, we will keep you posted!

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  1. stephen 
    Posted 1:21 pm
    2 Nov 2012

    Only saw a brief glimpse but the saddle backrest looked good.

  2. Andy 
    Posted 2:54 am
    3 Nov 2012

    Are the designs viewable up close anywhere on the Web? I’d like to get a closer look at some of them. Interesting.

  3. Stephen 
    Posted 10:53 am
    7 Nov 2012

    I found this, Brooks catalogues from the past, and there actually used to be backrests for saddles . I have only seen the 1916 and 1920 at the moment and they both have them.

    I also saw the ‘missing link’ of saddles, the B32 with rear springing in the style of a B72 and a front loop spring. The current range has only the B72 with a type of rear springing that has no saddle with front springing and this type at the rear. So the B32 would be a great saddle to re-manufacture. I’d absolutely buy one!

  4. tony colegrave 
    Posted 8:19 pm
    14 Nov 2012

    Why not buy a restored original?

    B.32 frames can still be found – if you know where to look!

  5. Stephen 
    Posted 11:35 pm
    24 Nov 2012

    One with a brand new top, i’d definately want one!

  6. Tony Colegrave 
    Posted 2:42 pm
    26 Nov 2012

    E-mail me at, Stephen, and we can discuss details. Thanks.