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Built From Rattan, A Sinuous Structure Houses a Yoga Sanctuary in Bangkok

September 28, 2020

Grace Ebert

All images © Enter Asia Projects

To transform a 450-square-meter space into serene pods for yoga, Thai architecture studio Enter Projects Asia built an undulating structure of rattan. Harvested from the palms of Southeast Asia, the natural material lines the walls and encloses the overhead lighting before swooping down to form a lengthy bench. The result is a serene, light-filled area that flows from ceiling to floor, mimicking the gentle movements of yoga poses.

Thai timber bears the structure’s load, while the rattan separates two large studios and two smaller, private rooms. The sanctuaries were designed for yoga brand Vikasa ’s retreats. “All elements of the project were made from natural, local materials to be a hub or a portal for their existing location, which is based on a hillside in Koh Samui: Thai hardwood, local black slate, bamboo and most notably, rattan,” Patrick Keane, design director for the Enter Projects Asia, told Dezeen.

The architecture studio collaborated with designer Project Rattan to combine classic weaving and 3D techniques, and local craftspeople used digitally created templates and frames to inform their construction process. A glass facade holds the rattan forms, which occupy the second floor of the building, with Vikasa’s cafe on the street level. It’s “an oasis of tranquillity amongst the chaos of Bangkok,” Keane says.

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Yoga Joes: Plastic Green Soldiers Practicing Yoga

October 6, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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We’ve seen plenty of modern takes on classic green army guys as of late, from skateboarders and surfers over at Toy Boarders, to an array of plastic breakdancing people. Yoga practitioner and entrepreneur Dan Abramson now joins the fray with Yoga Joes, a collection of green army figures doing popular yoga poses like the warrior, cobra, and downward-facing dog. The project is currently funding on Kickstarter and sets should ship in time for Christmas. Hurry, there’s only 4 days left. (via FastCo, My Modern Met)

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