Building A Bamboo Hammock Chair
Follow the journey of crafting a bamboo hammock chair from scratch in just 4 days during the Bamboo U Build and Design Course.
During the 11 Day Bamboo Build and Design Course in Bali we dedicate the second part of the course for students to either immerse in a full-scale bamboo structure or to work with master carpenters and a resident designer to fulfill a prototype for a small-scale bamboo object or furniture piece. In so doing, it is our aim that working hands-on with bamboo will give students a deeper understanding of bamboo as a building material.
Last July 2022 Priscilla joined us from the United States to immerse in bamboo education, to receive knowledge and hands-on experience in building sustainably whilst also getting to see the beautiful bamboo buildings in Bali in person. In the second part of the 11-day course she worked on a design for a bamboo hammock called: Ecolibrium Hammock Chair.
Design Idea, Concept and Inspiration
The idea was to create a comfortable hammock chair that would be easy to transport from Bali to the U.S. I was inspired by the idea of creating balance and testing out the strength and structure of bamboo in combination with a tensile member such as rawhide.
The bamboo splits provide enough rigidity in one direction to give sufficient support along the body of the chair, while the rawhide strips running perpendicular would allow ergonomic flexibility that would mold to the user’s body and also allow for the chair to be rolled in one direction for easy storage and transportation.
Crafting The Bamboo Hammock Chair
The species Phyllostachys aurea known locally in Indonesia as Bambu pancing was used for the top and bottom of the chair. These pieces serve as the rigid structure that defines the “headrest” at the top and seat support at the bottom. Blonde Bambu tali, also known as Gigantochloa apus was used in the form of thin splits for the body of the chair on the horizontal axis and rawhide on the vertical axis. Bamboo bona was used for the armrests and a natural fiber rope was used to hang the chair from the ceiling using butterfly knots and figure 8 knots.
Although the blonde Bambu tali splits and the rawhide strips can be quite bendable as individual pieces, they become a strong flexible surface when tightly.
Priscilla is from Ecuador but now lives in the United States where she studied architecture at Florida Atlantic University and has been practicing professionally since 2007. She has worked on different project types and sizes; from small-scale bus stops, to larger aviation, residential, commercial, hospitality, and mixed-use highrise buildings. Her diverse exposure and her passion for sustainability has propelled her to pursue a more environmentally conscious practice as she sees the need for architects, designers, and engineers to focus more on sustainable practices. Her commitment to environmental awareness led her to travel around the world and find new ways of using sustainable materials and resources such as bamboo, which has opened a doorway for Priscilla to develop new environmentally friendly creations including furniture and smaller-scale products while still applying her knowledge on structure and design acquired through her training and practice in architecture.
March 1-12th, 2023
The 11 Day Bamboo Build & Design Course in Bali
In 11 days, we'll show you how to build bamboo structures we’ll share all that it takes to build with nature.