“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 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
Sales Contact: J. & L. Lobmeyr firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 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.
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.
During milan design week 2015, we created a temporary showroom for our own design label Beyond Object in designjunction.
Called “Beyond Gravity”, the installation of the pop-up showroom is a futuristic space with metallic columns and LED light pillars. The products are displayed between the cutting sections of the columns, where the objects appear to defy gravity.
The objects displayed here are the new desktop collection Beyond Object launched in Maison et Objet early this year, including a tape dispenser, letter opener, pencil sharpener and a pen pot.
Inspired by the metallic desktop collection itself, we want to create a space where the space and object speaks for itself. The products in the collection has a bit of sculptural and architectural character, therefore people would usually take a bit of time to figure out what is this object and its function when they first encounter this collection. So we want to create a visual scenario in this installation where people can engage with our designs from more perspectives.
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.
“It is like a sketching in the space, with a surprisingly comfort grip and sharp blade. We draw a simple outline of a knife, reducing the decorative parts and bring that shape into three-dimensional space, that was the starting point of Lino.”
Lino is a structured letter knife. The solid knife has been reduced into merely its outline - the only remaining essentiality that defines this object as a knife.
Handmade in stainless steel, the thin, black outline draws a three-dimensional shape in space, creating a void structure that also fulfills the purpose of a proper letter knife. Providing a solid grip, Lino is not only a functional object, but also an art piece that complements your workspace.
Lino comes in matt silver finish and matt black finish with tefron coating.
“It’s hard to find a minimal and elegant tape dispenser with a proper weight, that’s why we decided to design one ourself ”
Cantili is a tape dispenser with a pared-down, sculptural form abstracted from the everyday tape dispenser. Consisting of a pair of concave circles and a cantilever, its simple and light design is stable enough to be used with single hand.
The cantilever structure and mirror polished disks give the tape dispenser a visual lightness, yet the real weight maintains the stability a proper tape dispenser requires.
Cantili comes with three different finishes - silver, gold and copper.
“The concept of funno is all about rhythm and movement, the fluid mirror surface is almost tempting you to place a pencil inside and twist it“ said the studio, describing the pencil sharpener. “It’s weight also allows you to use this object as a paper weight.”
Funno is a pencil sharpener machined from a solid block of metal and hand polished with mirror finish in various colours. While the minimalistic design eliminates traces of this object as a tool, it has a mysterious appearance that invites the users to touch and interact with it. Funno dynamic sculpture on your desktop.
Funno comes with three different finishes - mirror polished gold, copper and silver.
“ We are trying to define spaces within a space with tubes. It is a bit like playing with building blocks, you have the joy to construct your own small houses on your desktop”
Penpo is not only an ordinary desk organizer, but also a micro architecture built on your desktop. Three tubes of different materials, height and sizes with magnetic joints form a playful combination while providing maximum flexibility. With Penpo, pens, pencils and other desk tools can be tidied with elegance and style.
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.