Through the looking glass: Cheng-Tsung Feng’s bamboo mirror

Through the looking glass: Cheng-Tsung Feng’s bamboo mirror

Following a minimalist line, Taiwanese designer Cheng-Tsung Feng’s new dressing table mirror bears the simple title ’Circle’. The piece’s clean shape is created by using a single piece of bamboo tube to create the outer casing; it is this smoothness that draws the eye.

Bamboo is a material both strong and flexibility, evinced in the way Feng has used heat to mould the tube into a circular frame to encase the glass. Though ’Circle’ is self-standing, the smaller version can also be used as a hand-held mirror.

The mirror’s most remarkable feature can be easily missed on first sight. Just below the glass and just above the handle is a small groove that looks like a feature of the product’s shape. However, this little alcove, central to the upside down teardrop shape of the piece, is actually a small jewellery shelf to store rings or pendants on the dressing table.     

Having mainly exhibited in Taiwan, Feng’s exhibition during Maison & Objet Paris 2015 gave him an international stage from which to flourish. The entire collection of ’Circle’ mirrors sold out during the show, but he has bamboo craftsmen helping him produce hundreds more. The next batch will be available from November. 

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