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MIANZI

India

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MIANZI’s vision is to revolutionize the way bamboo is seen and used by bringing India its first eco-friendly yet inventive and aesthetic bamboo-built options. We aspire to challenge ourselves by fashioning products that are not only sustainable or aesthetic but individualistically revolutionary. Though sustainability, being associated with “going without” is always belittled, we aimed to come up with products that attain both competitive edge for similar products whilst reaping benefits for the environment.

Our goal is to cogitate bamboo as a possible semi-industrial product, so while we prototype objects with it, we always try to exploit the properties of the material in an efficient way, because the objective is not only to use it as a substitute and continue producing objects the same way, with bamboo just replacing something else but to rethink the whole architecture of a product from the body to the details.

To be considered as a semi-industrial material, the bamboo has to be re-shaped into flat sections. One thing we realized about bamboo is that it has high flexural strengths which can be used for bending and further applying it for creating various shapes while integrating with the geometry. To be able to work bamboo with a lot of design possibilities, we created our own methods by tweaking existing industrial machines. When we finally got perfectly flat, long sections along with the fibers of bamboo we started exploring the material, examining its technical aspects while designing and prototyping. To make the project as realistic as possible, we also developed a few industrial machines dedicated to the work of bamboo bending. The machine is based on existing industrial technology; it is an assembly of different systems to create an efficient tool. While experimenting with the material, we were able to conceptualize the various possibilities to industrially produce the prototypes.

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