In 1989, Master Yagisawa came to China to teach bamboo-weaving craft. Shengming Wang, who was from Luoyang, was one of his students. Wang achieved outstanding results and eventually went to Japan with Master Yagisawa. He formed a close friendship with Master Yagisawa’s son, Yagisawa Zheng, but the two lost contact when Wang came back China – that is, until now. BAMOON is a result of over 20 years of exchange of ideas about the handicraft. Thanks to Master Yagisawa’s teachings, the fine bamboo weaving reappears in China. The craftsmanship of Master Wang blends the finesse of Japanese bamboo weaving with the practicalities of Chinese bamboo weaving. The biggest BAMOON light with an integrated lampshade is made of 72 bamboo strips, with each strip about 7 metres in length. Its multilayered characteristic gives it a rich, three-dimensional sensibility. From the time that the idea was birthed, four months were spent with Master Wang to put it into practice. China is rapidly losing a lot of its traditional handicraft trades that used to thrive in the past. This is an effort to revive a traditional craft by means of a new design. The studio believes that only with new designs can traditional Chinese crafts be sustained. A handicraft that is aesthetically pleasing to contemporary people can bring about more attention to the craft itself and in turn, be handed down from generation to generation.

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