Floating Pattern explores expressions for the softened and flattened tree bark. Being treated with a continuous process of drying, refining, leveling and compressing, pieces of Japanese Cedar bark were then bound together with thin oriented strand boards to form the composite material.
All bark materials used in this project are taken from industrial waste of the wood sawmill. Before the sawing, logs are peeled through high-pressure water jets to remove the rough surface, which facilitates subsequent processing. Without commercial value, the fallen bark is normally regarded as waste and is incinerated. Working on such material that is commonly undervalued, this research project intends to bring the bark back to its original context as wood and make the potential visible.
Hence, irregular profile of bark is taken out of its raw state ─ from an originally circular arc and turned to a rigid, rectangular shape in contrast, leading people to perceive an interval between natural and artificial aspects before being confronted with the realization of how the material could be as to the principle of how it was created.
Composed of four geometrical parts units in varying yet precise dimensions, the modular design allows textured bark planks stagger in a random rhythm. All the natural textures merge into a slender tower structure up to 2 meters that represents the image of a tree. Playing between the void and the closed spaces, the result is free from definite patterns.