Taiwan design studio Scope have created a unique furniture collection of five different seating pieces. Utilising natural materials, predominantly bamboo, their focus is on creating functional pieces that reinterpret traditional Asian craft and have an emphasis on Taiwanese craftsmanship.

Flow, designed by Cheng-Tsung Feng and Kao-Ming Chen, is a breathtaking lounge chair made of bamboo. It’s lightweight and airy and seems to blend as one with nature.

“I wanted to release the restricted soul of bamboo material,” explains Cheng-Tsung Feng. “I wanted to imitate flying clouds, blowing wind and running water with the bamboo.”

Highly conceptual and made through a combination of manual craftsmanship (in the form of bamboo weaving) as well as machinery (for industrial production), it’s a piece that was designed to be ethereal, while also, Chen states, having a practical function and being easy to mass produce. 

“The most difficult step was to express the whole product,” he explains. “It is not only a chair but a moving fluid piece of art, combining both sense and sensibility.”

B@mboo, nestling stools that fit one inside the other, was created by Hsiao-Ying Lin and Chin-Tuan Chiu. This design utilises the malleable nature of bamboo, as it’s a stool with both flexibility and great strength.

Designers Che-Chen Kuo and Pei-Tse Chen created Commemorating Dailiness from stone. These stools are sculptured pieces in their own right and represent, as the designers explain, the implication of displaying “things still alive” and “memorials to passed” simultaneously, reflecting a bygone era and classic forms.

The Three Generations in One Stool, by Tsai & Fanchiang and Mao-Hui Chen, is made of benihi driftwood, chinaberry and formosan China-fir. Mindful of the traditional Chinese family, which comprises several generations living together and the strong family bond, the design attempts to match the mindset of this custom, while also reflecting modern living to create a piece that suits families both large and small. Like Russian dolls, the stools are designed to be clustered for space-saving and then taken apart when required, with varying sizes to suit each member of the family.

Tu Tu is made of bamboo, cotton and linen – in a range of vibrant colours – and was designed by Yu-Fen Lo and Su-Jen Su. Woven cane is a traditional part of Taiwanese craftsmanship as in the hotter months, cool air is able to flow through the loose weaving. Tu Tu has a woven base, allowing the comfort of a cool breeze on the legs of the sitter when used as a stool, while it can also be used as a small side table.

Handmade, each design pushes new boundaries of manufacturing, customisation and commercialisation of furniture. The pieces were recently showcased at the Taiwan Designers’ Week 2013.

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