Folded Bamboo Houses

October 24, 2008

Ming Tang’s beautiful origami-inspired Folded Bamboo Houses are intended to be used as temporary shelters in the aftermath of an earthquake. Brilliant in their simplicity, the geometric shelters are constructed from renewable materials and can be folded into a variety of structurally sound shapes.
The concept utilizes a system of bamboo poles that are pre-assembled into rigid geometric shapes. The geometry of these forms provides each structure’s integrity, allowing a range of lightweight modular structures to be quickly assembled in factories and transported to their destination. Once constructed, the shelters are then covered by using post and pre-consumer recycled paper.

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So japanese, so original, so simple, so beautiful.

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Bamboo Charcoal

December 25, 2006


I brought my mum to the Singapore Garden Festival 2 days ago… It was breathe taking… covering 2 floors in the suntec convention centre, there were garden designs from all over the world to compete for the best garden award, Singapore orchids exhibits and hundreds of plant stalls hawking their wares…

Then I discovered… Bamboo Charcoal. Called Takesumi or Chikutan in Japanese, bamboo charcoal burnt at high temperatures exhibits properties vastly different from the bamboo plant, including a high density and porous structure.

The many cavities of bamboo charcoal can attach different substances to their walls, and then release them later. For example, they can absorb moisture from humid air, and then release it during dry conditions. This makes it an excellent humidity regulator. It also has high mineral content such as calcium, potassium, sodium and iron. Bamboo charcoal has other benefits, too: it absorbs unpleasant room odours and harmful substances, generates negative ions that will put people in a better frame of mind, and emits far-infrared that helps to improve blood circulation.Also known as “Black Diamond”, bamboo charcoal products are well received in Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Over the years, many uses have been created for household to bedding and personal care.

I bought 2 chunky ones for SGD15.20 (I think I paid a bomb but I am happy with it) and they are now protecting me from the harmful rays of my 32″ screen infront of me. Click the link to see the other uses.

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