Wooden craftsmanship and computer parametric design come together in this nature inspired furniture design

Designers strive for symmetry whereas nature celebrates it. But nature takes the cake in the way by which asymmetry is also a thing of beauty. What am I speaking of? The Flip chair and its inspiration taken from the feel of sitting on the wind-strewn grass. An intriguing concept and an even more intriguing result!

As Chen explains, “Translating the concept into a design vocabulary, we decided to use “flip” as the main axis. Through the flip, the bent wood is made to flow through gradual changes and generate vitality.
Finally, the 3D model was drawn by GH to simulate various gradient states and output the detailed design.” The process of steam bending wood is a difficult process already, and the thickness of this piece of wood makes it even more trying. Given multiple trials and repeats, each piece of wood is bent in a unique way and the result is a chair that is also handmade and unique.

The project was developed with the support of National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRI). By showcasing a combination of craftsmanship and computer parametric design, the answer is a texture inspired chair design that is a fun and aesthetically pleasing addition to our home with a story to tell!

Designer: Chen Kuan Cheng

Inspired by a waterfall, this award-winning Taiwanese bamboo chair makes wood look as fluid as water

With a name that perfectly describes the chair’s visual style, the Lattice Chair is an interesting single-arm chair made from interwoven strips of wood. Designed for comfort as well as for that interesting aesthetic, the chair comes with a single armrest, allowing you to sit with complete postural flexibility. Its cushion is made from high-quality Taiwanese bamboo strips, known for their excellent toughness. The result is a chair that weighs a mere 4 kilos, but can take up to 120 kilos of weight.

The Lattice Chair’s design is inspired by a waterfall, something that becomes very evident with how its cascading design looks like multiple streams of downward-flowing water. Made from a Taiwan-specific Moso bamboo, the chair comes crafted using unique bending and forming methods that are specific to the bamboo and to Taiwan’s culture.

The Lattice Chair is a Platinum Winner of the A’ Design Award for the year 2021, and also secured a winning position at the SIT Furniture Design Award for the year 2021.

Designer: Chen Kuan-Cheng

A close-up of the woven strips of wood shows how remarkably perfect the thick bamboo wood strips are. The weft and warp use a combination of Taiwanese Moso Bamboo and Beechwood to create a criss-cross contrast of different-colored woods that are finally finished with a coat of natural wood wax oil.

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