Kengo Kuma interview: Bamboo Ring with OPPO | Architecture | Dezeen

In this video produced by Dezeen for OPPO, Japanese architect Kengo Kuma describes how he worked with the smart device brand to create Bamboo Ring, an installation currently showing at Milan design week.

Bamboo Ring is a two-metre diameter ring comprised of lengths of bamboo that have been bound to a carbon fibre backing to form a strong, self-supporting structure.

The structure has been installed at Cortile del Bagni as part of this year’s Milan design week, and will be on display until 19 September.

The installation is a continuation of a collaboration between Kuma and smart device brand OPPO that saw a previous iteration of the structure installed in the courtyard of the V&A Museum as part of London Design Festival in 2019.

In an exclusive video interview with Dezeen, Kuma explained how technology was incorporated into the installation to offer visitors a multi-sensory experience.

“I wanted to combine a natural, traditional material with very contemporary, new technology,” he said. “OPPO has provided us with very new technology and we tried to combine music with the installation.”

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