background

Bamboo is a traditional, sustainable material that is still being widely used in modern interior design and construction.

 

Mr. Kohei Koyama (Det. Chair of Product Design, KSU) and Mr. Katsumasa Osako (Dean, School of Design) are masters of bamboo crafts.

 

Mr. Koyama brand ‘Takamura’ is one of the few businesses that still produce handcrafted bamboo products using Kyoto’s locally grown material.

During our trip to Kyoto, we would learn about how to make bamboo products using traditional craft skills.

inspiration

In Japan, bamboo symbolizes moderation and fidelity. We interpret it as the fidelity to tradition and original life style. In this project, we want to incorporate the elements of Japanese interior to design a lamp that suits the environment of a traditional Kyoto house.

ideation

Our lamp highlights simplicity and subtleness in its design. The concept was inspired by the shape of cut bamboo and Japanese lanterns used in festivals, and the smooth curve on each stick represents the form of bamboo node. Respect for natural, eco-friendly materials is the spirit of our design.

prototyping

Using prototype, we learned about the structure stability and made some changes accordingly.

 

For example, we lifted the base plank and  elevated the upper plank for better lighting. Some other changes were made as well, such as reducing the number of parts and having a more open design and less visual density.

materials

The main structure is made of local bamboo and plywoods, jute and hand made washi paper are used to strengthen the structure and diffuse some light.

We sourced our paper from locally famous paper store Kamiji Kakimoto.

assembly

We decided to use notches to assemble all the parts together and use wood glue to enforce the structure. The final product shall be light weight and portable.

process

lesson

We didn’t expect a small curve could cause such tension that affects whole bamboo stick. What could be improved is bending the stick a little bit more toward opposite direction to compensate the distortion caused by tensile force.

1. boiling bamboo.

2. bending sticks to fit in the mold.

3. splinting the part with short bamboo chips.

4. flattening the distorted mold with weights.

5. trimming the parts after they are dried.

6. beginning to assemble.

7. making paper lamp shade.

8. weaving hemp.

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