“Bamboo Forest” is the latest project by London base studio Poetic Lab for Salone del Mobile 2014, includes 8 pieces of furniture and lighting conceived by bamboo and glass. This project aims to explore new possibilities with traditional craftsmanship and contemporary production industry.
Bamboo furniture is typically shaped from a very craft perspective where the beauty comes from the skill. We perceive a particular kind of beauty from bamboo in its original from - the bamboo forests, a combination between elegant shapes and gentle movements. We love its somehow random yet pure beauty, almost as if you can hear the wind whispering among them. Thus we decided to use bamboo material with minimum touch, retaining the aesthetic of the raw material itself.
Benefit from its original tube shape, we reinforce the bamboo pole’s physical property by creating a cost-effective process using stainless steel structure and special resin, we also benefit from this process to create a very minimal yet super strong joint with glass. This process not only creates more possibilities for the industrial process, but also prevent bamboo poles from cracking due to different humidity ‒ the main reason why none of the contemporary furniture uses the original bamboo poles.
This special process with heavy research and countless experiments was made possible by the collaboration with Poetic Lab, Yokoyama - the top Bamboo supplier from Japan, and one of the best UK workshop ‒ Windsor Workshop. This collection is a statement that the crafty material like bamboo pole can also be used on contemporary furniture without break it’s original beauty, as we believe the natural already show us the best state of the material.
The “Bamboo Forest Collection” includes 8 pieces of furniture and lighting - three coffee tables, one rectangular dinning table, one round dinning table, one shelving system and two sets of pendant lights. The combination of bamboo poles and transparent glass create a somehow undefined void space within the pieces, where the objects placed on the table or shelf seemly to be floating inside this void.
Client Beyond Object
Dimension L 140mm, D 8mm
Material Aluminium Alloy, Brass, D1 Refill
An exquisite pen with a unique opening mechanism. A beautiful creative tool designed to give the best performance and capable of accept.
We are all aware of the tremendous digitalisation that we have been experiencing over the last years and we support it, but we realised that there are some objects that are starting to lose the attention they deserve, like pens. And we want to change that.
We believe in pens as powerful tools for interesting people. We want to promote the use of these items not just to keep them as a tradition, but to encourage people to keep writing, to keep thinking, to keep creating. As professional creatives we can guarantee that sometimes inspiration pays a visit when you least expect it, so you better be able to write it all down.
Client J. & L. Lobmeyr
Dimension H 520mm D 400mm + H 300mm D 200mm, H 450mm D 350mm + H 220mm D 150mm
Material Brass, Glass, Stainless Steel, Motor, G4 Halogen, Light Bulb
The Ripple Project studies the beauty of glass. When a beam of light is projected through the gently rotating mouth-blown glass dome, shadow and light form a breathtaking, ever-changing pattern, where the aesthetic goes beyond the material itself.
The process of making this project includes both tradition glass craft skills and modern production engineering of the moving parts. The designers realised that the beauty of glass lies in the uneven surface resulted from the traditional mouth-blowing process. While the craft skill freezes the beauty of glass in time, the elegant and precise rotation brings the flow of material back to life, as if the dome exists with an uncertainty.
Dimension H 520mm D 400mm
Material Aluminium Alloy, Stainless Steel, G6 Halogen, Light Bulb
Time is always closely related to light, either conceptually or experientially. It is the most intimate sense of time elapsing to see a beam of shadow gently dancing through the space. Shadow Clock is a lamp that utalise intangible shadows to describe the philosophical concept of time, creating a simple object with poetic functionality.
Client Limited Edition
Material Mirror / Brass; Lamp / Brass, G4 Halogen
YanJian, a small village in Henan Province, more than 30% of people live there are involved into the same business - copying and selling ancient bronzepieces. The pieces they made are used to be sold on the antique markets or become the souvenir in the museums and shops. They changed their homes become workshops, build traditional kilns and hire their families and friends. These people build many amazing replicas by limit resource and tools. Also, this business keep young people staying in the village, instead of going to other big cities for earning money to feed their families.
Nowadays, more than 1100 people, two hundred companies are all doing this bronze replica business, but the products they sell are almost the same, replicas.
The "Bronze China" project is the first step of reconfigure this situation, and aim to bring new concepts to this place － originality, creativity, honest and fair trading. In another words, to cooperate with the local craftsmen to create new objects which could fit in our current society, with new form and new meaning.
To communicate with local company and craftsmen, ShiKai Tseng stay in this village for 3 weeks, deeply understand their process – soil sculpting, wax carving, mold making, lost wax casting, welding and antique techniques. He creates “Bronze China” collection in the end, applying or innovate their existing skills on to different objects.
Client Logical Art
Dimension 60mm, 18mm, 8mm
Material Anodised Aluminium Alloy, Acrylic, USB, Memory Chips
Empty Memory is a collection of unique USB memory sticks. Each design contains a physical emptiness in its sculptural form, evoking the metaphor of a blank space which can be filled with your own memory.
The memory sticks are casted in high-quality 316 stainless steel, hand-polished and finished with various colours. The collection comes with two different designs - Structure and Transparency, which are the results of two different approaches regarding the same concept.
Empty Memory is designed by London based designers - Poetic Lab and YooKyung Shin.
Client One-off Prototype
Material Nylon, Liquid Light, Wood, Brass
PhotoGraphy is the creation of a process in which the environment, time and light react to one other to generate images on three-dimensional objects. The project is about coating objects with a “light-sensitive” layer, then putting them in a black box with strategically placed pinholes and exposing them for 5 to 50 minutes depending on the brightness of the environment. It is a new way of capturing a moment in time, whether the image on the object is focused or not is of no importance – the object will carry the trace of the first moments of the experience, its first exposure.
Material Stone, Wood, Acrylic, Mist Generator
Misty is designed to be a symphony composed of flower, mist, light and an geometrically shaped granite, where the result is a set of “Scene” instead of merely a physical object. What holds the flower is not something physical, but a misty volume of light.
Material Aluminium Alloy, Stainless Steel Gear, Step Motor
At the ﬁrst glance this object looks like a ordinary clock with solely two hands. After a while, you may ﬁnd the position of this clock is slightly different, as if its center seems to be vanished. This unexpected yet recognizable movement was created by simply shifting the rotating pivot from center to the other end of the minute hand.
Dislocation clock is a subtle moving sculpture with proper function, it do not intended to create a new mean of telling time, but to reconﬁgure an archetype with a new life which makes you re-think the concept of time.
Dimension 95cm, 210cm, 12cm
Material Door / Wood, T5 Light Tube; Switch / Acrylic
“The Door” is a conceptual illumination which is developed base on the memory and experience that everyone has.
My exploration led me to focus on the nostalgia and poignant attachment either falsely or experientially embedded in our memories, to the childhood comfort of the light from the gap in the door as an affirmation of our safe slumbers. I found the piece to be very affecting and the reactions of the experiencer’s to draw on the strong felt memory connected to physical sensation.
Alternatively one may recall a similar but adverse scene—a very dark room.. there is a bit of light seeping through the slit between the door and the frame.. behind the door, there might be a shaking shadow.. you don’t know what it is, what will you see, or who will you meet. There are lots of possibilities: fear and fantasy in the audience’s mind.