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A communal bench that transforms effortlessly into a distinctive deck chair with a simple lift at one end.

The one-of-its-kind transformation from bench to chair is made possible by an enterprising tenon structure found only in traditional Chinese architecture. Integrating aspects of Taiwan society and architecture into his design, Chih-Kang has produced a truly uncommon piece of furniture.

Chih-Kang’s work, recipient of both 2008 Red Dot and IF awards, is named after the musical rhythm played at lively temple fairs throughout Taiwan. Chih-Kang recalls fondly, as a young boy growing up in rural Taiwan, how people would gather at the local temple with friends and family each evening. “In no short supply, one would find small, wooden, communal benches and chairs, providing free seating for anyone and everyone.” Grown-ups would sit and chat on these benches as children played nearby. “Memories of such events have become images so vivid in my head that I naturally put these elements together when I was invited to participate in a design exhibition with the communal bench as the theme.”

Dong’Dong Chiang is handmade in Taiwan by one of the country’s master woodcrafters, and with the belief that the true beauty of Asian hardwoods can only be uncovered by generations-old craftsmanship.

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