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A stool made of bamboo strips

Japanese designer Arashi Abe created a stool made of bamboo strips and hemp cord.

The main material used in the stool is bamboo. 591 strips of split bamboo were assembled and tied together with hemp cord soaked in water-based wood glue. The use of hemp cord was inspired by ‘yotsume gaki’, which is a simple Japanese bamboo fence, in the form of a lattice made with round bamboo.

Abe was inspired by the number of neglected bamboo forests encroaching surrounding forests, reducing biodiversity and increasing the risk of landslides.

The stool weighs only 945 grams, but thanks to its structure, it is strong enough to use as a seat.

Photos: Arashi Abe