Samy Rio


Makers Manual #57: ⁠Bamboo Hook

Samy Rio

Makers Manual is a collaborative project between exciting makers and STORE STORE. These downloadable manuals are a practical guide to making at home for beginners and experts.

Bamboo is a very versatile material, which in its original form is a grass. It has applications in many different fields throughout different times and cultures. What makes bamboo so useful in daily products is how quickly the grass regenerates and how easily the material can be transformed from harvest to product. This manual proposes a simple approach for transforming a piece of bamboo into a coat hanger in a few simple steps. 

 For up-and-coming French designer Samy Rio, combining craft and industry is not only a question of scaling up quality, but also maintaining control over the myriad of sustainable objects he develops. Treading a fine line between these normally polarized modes of production (especially within the European context), he is able to reinvigorate otherwise mired artisanal traditions while also taking mass production to task. Rio implements both his foundational training as a cabinetmaker and the latest technologies to explore how this new hybrid approach is tenable. 

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