Rhizome design

Bird-cage lighting


Reinterpreting traditional Vietnamese bird-cages

into contemporary lighting


This collection was developed for Duc Phong, a bamboo enterprise in Vietnam.  The project was carried out under the umbrella of two institutions - SPIN and UNIDO.  

The existing skill and cultural capital of traditional Vietnamese bird-cages was the starting point. The cages were reinterpreted into lighting by simply diagonally skewing the horizontal bamboo rings used to anchor the smaller bamboo sticks, resulting in a strong, contemporary form.

The bamboo used for the lighting was minimally treated, and colous used were water based and non-toxic. The part of the bamboo discarded by the SME during its normal production was used as an input for this collection.