Prototyping A Bamboo Lounge Chair
Follow the journey of crafting a prototype for a lounge chair that includes a seat, a side table, and an ambient light during the 11-Day 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 Helene, originally from France, joined us from Qatar to immerse in hand-crafted design and building, where she could in a short amount of time conceptualize an idea and build it with her own two hands. She called her project the Le Poleng lounge chair.
Design Idea, Concept, and Inspiration
The idea was to create a lounge chair for the airport that could combine different furniture elements in one including a lamp for ambient light, a comfortable seating area, and a side table to enjoy whilst waiting for a flight at the airport.
Crafting The Bamboo Lounge Chair
I began by drawing out a sketch and creating a scaled structural bamboo model, this allowed me to see my idea in real 3D and make adjustments on a small scale. I was inspired by the fibonacci spiral, and the chair makes use of 22 vertical posts running along a spiral to mimic a seashell. The posts grow longer by 5cm incrementally where the backrest lands. The 22 transversal splits give the structure solidity. The structure was then brought together by weaving cut-up strips of rubber tires to create a square black and white pattern inspired by the Bali's traditional Textile “the Poleng”.
Helene Bonte is originally from France and is a Qatar-based interior designer.
March 22- April 2, 2024
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.