Bamboo Windsor Chair winner of TIFF award 2012
The Bamboo Windsor Chair we designed with bamboo-architect Olav Bruin for Designboom's TIFF award competition was chosen from 3025 entries as the winner.
The aim of the Bamboo Windsor Chair is to re-examine the reputation and aesthetic of bamboo furniture, and to use the inherent qualities of the natural material bamboo to create mass products that are all individual. The design is a contemporary interpretation, of the all-time western classic windsor chair, made with Thai craftsmanship and materials: in this way east merges with west.
While bamboo is among our most sustainable renewable resources, the reputation of bamboo furniture does not often match the wondrous qualities of the material.
The Bamboo Windsor Chair is a contemporary interpretation of the Windsor chair, an iconic design overwhelmingly popular in Great Britain and the United States for centuries.
This chair is made using the local Thai bamboo Pai Sang (Dendrocalamus strictus), a bamboo revered for its strength and solid structure, in combination with bamboo plywood and rattan. due to the natural forms of each bamboo stem, every chair will look unique, despite being constructed in the same way. a coating of natural paint (red, black and white) continues the tradition of painting Windsor chairs alongside referencing eastern lacquered furniture.
In this design, east and west are merged through the fusion of the chair's western origin with thai craftsmanship and materials.
Olav bruin and Bo Reudler with Mrs. Boonsong Triyapirom, Thailand's minister of commerce. (Image copyright: Designboom)
Explaining the concept behind the Bamboo Windsor Chair to members of the Thai government. (Image copyright: Designboom)
Read more about the design here