Authenticity of natural ingredients to be one inspiration of a designer Gal Ben-Arav to make furniture. Chairs made of bamboo are still a young age. Bamboo with small size bound together with the help of aluminum. Aluminum binding to form a series of garden chairs. Matching chairs are placed in the park and on the terrace. Designers provide a robust aluminum design for a chair bamboo is a worthy life. Because the designer does not change the material of this nature becomes a luxury. Authenticity, which will become the attraction of consumers to have these bamboo chairs.
Description of the Bamboo Bench from Gal Ben-Arav:
Sustainable is a wide concept. I chose to deal with it in the context of raw material, living environment, localism, and sustainable system.
The bamboo plant is renewed very quickly, therefore energetically efficient, with high mechanical strength and durability to weather conditions. Bamboo has wide range of configurations as a raw material, from its raw form, through compressed plates to veneer processing.
I chose to use bamboo in its raw form. In this way, the processing is minimal as well as the invested energy, it can be 100% recycled and the out coming morphology creates a new micro-wild natural environment that can be situated in an urban, industrial and gray environment and revive it.
Bamboo bench has two narratives: My Inspiration to the bench lies in an image that was taken from the 30’s from my childhood landscapes with two workers leading bundles of papyrus through a swamp (see below). This photograph personally connected me to the bench and guided me to the wild morphology of the design.
The second narrative is the narrative of the product life cycle. Bamboo is not a characteristic species to the Middle East, but its origins are in Asia, however today it is grown in a controlled manner here in Israel. In my vision such a bench reflects a complete system that maintains itself through a life cycle that is built on three repeated main stages that preserve the sustainability values in a full manner:
- Growing bamboo – Establishment of a new agricultural industry, creating new economic opportunities, new sources of income and making the bamboo a local material that saves the need to import.
- Building a bench that integrates in the surrounding living environment in an energy-efficient manufacturing process.
- Recycling the raw material following weathering processes or vandalism that occurs frequently to street furniture. Used bamboo can be recycled to produce packaging or for many other purposes.
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