The Beauty of Natural Materials
2020 / October
Focusing on urban green spaces, this month’s cover story invites us to reconsider the relationships between humanity, nature, and space. We explore how designers make use of plants and natural materials to create works that are full of meaning. Their artfully designed spaces are rooted in nature, but engage city dwellers in an intimate way, arousing the senses that lie dormant in our daily lives.
On the Evolution of Bamboo
From Past Simplicity to Modern Multifunctionality
Bamboo has always been an important element in East Asian cultures. Emerald green bamboo, sprightly and fresh, is like an elegant gentleman of virtue and integrity. Its beauty is not showy or eye-catching, but one whose appeal grows over time.......
Turning Green into Gold
The Revival of Taiwan’s Timber Industry
Steel is cold and hard and plastic looks cheap and light, but wood, being so much closer to nature, gives more of a feel of gentleness and calm. Used since ancient times, wood was instrumental in the rise of human civilization. Taiwanese have many deep associations with wood, from traditional ......
Reimagining the Home with Wood
HDG-NEWS, Taiwan’s Most Beautiful Woodworking School
Your house is your larger body. It grows in the sun and sleeps in the stillness of the night; and it is not dreamless. Does not your house dream? And dreaming, leave the city for a grove or hill-top? —“On Houses,” from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran......