Bamboo Electric Vehicle, Professor Matsuhige Kazumi, Kyoto University
Traveling through Asia, it's incredible to witness men scaling sky-high scaffolding constructed entirely out of bamboo. A lightweight and structurally strong "green" material, bamboo is a grass that is one of the world's fastest growing plants. Part of the inaugural Beijing Design Triennial exhibition at the National Museum, the Rethinking Bamboo exhibition explored new applications for this traditional material in architecture, transportation, furniture, lighting and craft. Curated by Freeman Lau (Vice Chairman of Hong Kong Design Center) and Tsinghua University's Hang Jian (Vice Dean of the Academy of Arts and Design), the exhibition showcases the work of 66 designers representing Asia, Europe and the United States.
Rose Series Hanging Lamps, Korakat Aromdee (Thailand)
I was particularly taken by Indian industrial designer Sandeep Sangaru's beautifully crafted and functional pieces for the home. Bent bamboo strips joined like lattice work form the foundation of asymmetric bookshelves, chairs and benches.
Tree-shape Book Shelf, Sandeep Sangaru
Chair Jun Zi, Jeff Dah-Yue Shi (Taiwan). Sofa, Sandeep Sangaru (India).
Truss Me Bench, Sandeep Sangaru
Tek-sià Design Studio's incredible table lamps are thoroughly modern fitted with LED lights.
Demise Bamboo Table Lamp
Core77 readers are well-versed in bamboo bike construction—Rethinking Bamboo had four on display representing different design directions from around the world.
Bamboo Bike, Karta Agotob (Netherlands)
Buddhas Belly Bamboo Bike, KawayanTech (Philippines)
Kids Bamboo Push Bike, KawayanTech (Philippines)
Rio Bike, Ross Lovegrove (UK)
National Museum of China
Beijing International Design Triennial
Through October 17th
BRELLI Umbrella Zonsius Pamelan for BRELLI (USA)
Blow Up Centerpiece Bowl and Bamboo Table, Campana Fratelli for Bluebell HK Ltd (Hong Kong)