With the Soba bamboo furniture, German designer Stefan Diez explored and experimented with bamboo in its natural state. The flat-pack collection can be assembled thanks to chords and specially designed joints carved in raw canes. The series was born from a workshop in collaboration with Japanese craftsmen from Kochi and promoted by Japan Creative non-profit initiative.
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The Soba collection features tables, benches and trestles that can be simply set up and dismantled without using any single tool. Thin and strong kevlar rope fed through bamboo tubes at certain sections brace each individual parts to keep them structurally together. Canes for the legs of the trestles have been cut to leave a connecting strip that wraps around the top part.
Diez’s Soba collection has a sustainable and natural imprint too. “The lightweight furniture can be flat-packed, which facilitates distribution. Over time, the untreated bamboo surfaces will change from light green to grey, thus developing a natural patina that does not affect structural integrity.” Explains the designer.
Every year, Japan Creative non-profit initiative invites three designers from Europe and the US to team with traditional craft and industry professionals with the mission to reinterpret materials and and techniques and open up new perspectives as well.
Japan has a longstanding tradition of working with bamboo to create yarns, brush bristles, woven basket and more. Stefan Diez decided to go against any further processing of the material and opted, instead, to use it in its natural state, without any finish.
Stefan Diez is a German designer and studio owner, who studied Industrial Design at the State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart. Growing up in a household of 4th-generation carpenters, his early bond with craftsmanship has profoundly shaped his development as an industrial designer. Based in Munich, he has been collaborations with renowned manufacturers like emu, Hay, Thonet and Vibia to develop furniture, tableware, bags, accessories, and exhibition designs.
All photos by Jonathan Mauloubier – Courtesy of Stefan Diez.