Designer : Jin Kuramoto (Japan) & Craftsman : Jian Cheng Lin (Taiwan) and Wen-Chun Tang (Taiwan)
By combining both the handmade bamboo bending process to the natural indigo-dyed technique normally applied to textiles, the Japanese designer Kuramoto has conceived a new kind of furniture typology. Employing bamboo, which is certainly one of the highest quality in Taiwan– thanks to the bamboo forests –, Kuramoto tailors a new kind of seating.
His elegant and refined chair is also simplified in terms of bamboo weaving and refresh the traditional look of the Asian furniture style. It reinforces the aesthetics and sustainability of the chair and introduces a sense of tactility and comfort. Using 1,20 m long bamboo pieces that are bended and assembled, it has a height of around 80,3 cm, a width of 114 cm and a diameter of 76,6 cm.
The craft and design process of The Indigo-dyed Bamboo Chair
The final prototype of The Indigo-dyed Bamboo Chair
- Context of bamboo bending
Bamboo is an environmental friendly, natural composite material which has been used in Asia for centuries. The bending technique that has been applied to the designs of A New Layer II is mainly occurring in the county of Nantou. It has been explored in a more artistic style applying heat to bend the slender pieces of bamboo. By picking up the right bamboo, removing the knots and the oil, drying and preserving it, by cutting, sawing, carving, gouging, heating, inserting, gluing, assembling and nailing, the pieces of furniture have been achieved in a very artisanal way.