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nov 05, 2010

zhè sugarcane furniture

‘zhè’ by chen wei-che and chung yo-hsun

students chen wei-che and chung yo-hsun have designed ‘zhè’, a chair and desk set made out of bagasse, a fibrous sugarcane byproduct. for every 10 tonnes of sugarcane crushed during the production process, nearly 3 tonnes of wet bagasses remains as residue. in taiwan, where the sugar industry is largely present in the local economy, bagasse is usually thrown out as trash or burned. ‘zhè’ makes use of this otherwise wasted resource, turning it into a surprisingly sturdy material that is still soft in texture.

using a blender, the bagasse is finely chopped and dried. paper pulp and resin is added to the mix, resulting in a papier-mâché-like paste. using a wooden mold as the initial shaping structure, the mixture is layered on with drying periods in between until it is a solid shell of the form.

‘zhè’ chair


(top) wooden mold (bottom) finished desk and lamp

process shot

finely chopped sugarcane bagasse

sugarcanes in taiwan

  • If the material is solid enough for furniture, great – but we need to see a person standing on the chair to be convinced.
    ‘legs’ don’t seem the best solution for either the structure or aesthetic.
    Exciting contemporary material but shame about the ordinary furniture application.
    Keep at it :o)

    mr says:
  • great to recycle fibers,,..but using resin makes plastic out of a perfectly recyclable.
    looking at the fibers, they are very short and even if they would have been carbon fiber the products will not be strong enough
    also burning rest fibers is portrayed as a bad thing but it actually is a perfect way of getting carbon neutral energy when done in a decent power-plant (the co2 emitted when burning is the amount of co2 produced during the plants life)
    all in all nice attempt..but far, far from perfect and not thought through

    bbb says:
  • i remember this work in YODEX
    so grreat jod

    1 says:

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