SYNOPSIS: What began as an opportunity to create an informational book turned quickly into a concept that would grab the attention of the creative industry by their feet. Analyzing the current documentation in an effort to comprehensively understand and translate the content, a creative spark screaming ‘bamboo’ arose. Research revealed a meaningful connection for it’s ideas through Chinese culture, poetry, and art. To create a visually stimulating publication matched with technical beauty and form, an inviting and purposeful solution wrapped in culture was born. The solution was composed of a handcrafted, hand bound, soft-cover book.The spine was hand-cut from freshly trimmed and naturally dried bamboo, with a slice wide enough to hold the thickness of the printed book. A stitched binding was slid into the hollow inside and had a bookmark tassel influenced from Chinese culture for readers to save their place. At final size, the books physical manifestion uniquely measured 9 inches wide by 12 inches tall as an elegant representation of the connection built between Chinese Culture, Poetry, and Art - and the Living Principles for Design.