Artist Jeff Dah-Yue Shi of the Dragonfly Design Center has a bright idea for bamboo. Literally. His modular LED and bamboo veneer lights can be used as a building material that can transform flat walls into geometric mosaics.  Both energy-efficient and sustainable, the tessellated patterns take advantage of interlocking pieces to create a visually stunning, Escheresque composite. The panels are composed of a LED source at the base, tempered glass placed over the base to hold the structure together, and a bamboo veneer to filter the light and create a warm, earthy glow.  Aside from being a creative approach to interior decoration, the panels become substitutes for bulky conventional fixtures.

The innovative execution of flat interior lighting garnered Shi the Taiwan Design Center’s gold pin design award in 2011.  Also a renowned jewelry and product designer, Shi graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology and has worked as an in-house designer for Harry Winston.  After leaving the world of high-end jewelry, he began to collaborate with 3D animators, winning the IF Communication Design Award in 2008 for his video work. Shi also received the prestigious Red Dot Design Award in 2010 for his sustainable bamboo furniture that helped to save Taiwan’s heritage craft industry.

Here at Bambu Batu, we salute Jeff Dah Yue-Shi for bringing bamboo to the forefront of modern style!