The Ex-Tension Series

The Ex-Tension series of bamboo project designs implement a simple system of joint discovered through material testing and failures, utilizing the injured bamboo, taking advantage of the two different qualities that bamboo can achieve - hard with great strength when being the pole; soft with strong elasticity when cut into slices. The continuous hollow joint emphasizes the hollow nature of the bamboo poles, and every member is in the state of active bending and constantly in tension, finding the balance between themselves. The form of bamboo pieces extending, interweaving and holding up each other becomes also the manifest of the force inside. With the help of the customized CNC machine for bamboo milling, the form and detail of this project achieve the quality that’s unique for this customized digital fabrication, which is hard to achieve in the traditional way of crafting.