Jun Jie Zhang creates irregular lamp shades from woven bamboo - architecture and design

Jun Jie Zhang creates irregular lamp shades from woven bamboo



Hangzhou-based designer Jun Jie Zhang aims to show the softer qualities of bamboo with his series of woven light shades, which were displayed during this year's Design Shanghai.
The Bamboo Softness lighting collection features bent lengths of bamboo arranged to create organic, hollow shapes to be used as lamp shades.

The lamp shades are part of a collection by Chinese design studio Sozen, which was founded by Zhang in 2011.
Presented at Design Shanghai, which took place between 6 and 9 March, the shades include wavy patterns composed of intersecting sets of parallel lines, which form intricate shadows when light is projected through them.

Zhang began researching and experimenting with bamboo-weaving eight years ago, focusing particularly on the traditional techniques used south of the Yangtze river in China ? one of the largest areas of bamboo production.
During his years of experimentation, Zhang was surprised to find that bamboo has elastic properties, despite being a naturally rigid material. He decided to explore this further by creating a series of woven products.

His Bamboo Softness project aims to test the limits of bamboo's elasticity and to show its softer characteristics.
"Bamboo is very strong and tenacious, but it also has its soft side. The softness of bamboo seems soft but is endowed with some rigidity inside, in the eastern way," he said.

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