What better way to celebrate Bastille Day than by buying an insane, vintage beach stroller from the French Riviera, courtesy of HM The Strollerqueen?
According to the eBay description, that's what this is, "Made in France, Les Ateliers," a stroller from the 1980's, made for a beach club along the French Riviera. Which would explain the mad, angular design, the Bauhausian color scheme and the giant balloon sand tires.
But then, wouldn't a black stroller made out of a grilltop sear little marks in petit Marcel's skin after it's been sitting out in the sun for five minutes? And where's the sun canopy? And those tires look like the stock photo wheelbarrows in the UK-produced Dorling Kindersley My First Boardbook series. I happen to have lived on the Riviera in the mid-1990's, and I don't remember seeing any Grace Jones-lookin' strollers in any of the beach clubs I went to.
Les Ateliers is a reference to L'ENSCI - Les Ateliers, the national industrial design university. It's the other name on the label, Ateliers Reunis Caddie that's the kicker. Caddie is a giant equipment manufacturer to the hospitality, medical, and retail industries. They make housekeeping and grocery carts [which is obvious from the design]. Could this stroller be the long-lost poussette concept study for some Starck-era grad student's senior show? If you know for sure, eBay sellers are standing by to accept your $410.
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1980's Modernist French Baby Stroller LES ATELIERS, ends July 15th, opening bid: $350+$60s/h [ebay via the hrh strollerqueen]
Previously: at least 1990's freakshow Jordy's sweet French stroller was a burn-resistant white