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Winner - Gold
Designer: Anthony Marshack
Design Type: Product, Furniture
Company / Organization / School: Modern Bamboo
The simple lines of the Spring Chair belie the persistence of the designer's effort to coax natural bamboo into these forms. The Spring Chair was designed by Anthony Marschack, building with Moso Bamboo. He began working with bamboo when he sought a more durable material for a most punishing application, skateboard decks. The bamboo responded well and the decks he created easily weathered all the abuse skateboarders could dish out. More importantly, their compound curves foreshadowed the subtle shaping of his furniture designs. Anthony sought out expert Dan Smith of Smith and Fong Plyboo and Davidson Plyforms, the manufacturer of the revolutionary molded ply forms of Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. The challenge: to find the right combination of glue, pressure and heat to form the bamboo sheets. Early experiments revealed the limits of the material, but in time they developed the process to reproduce the consistently high quality that is at the core of Modern Bamboo's furniture.