Sur les Rivages by Aïssa Logerot
and Amandine Chhor


Designers Amandine Chhor and Aïssa Logerot have created a range of furniture and lighting woven from water hyacinths in Cambodia.

Called Sur les Rivages, the project aims to find new applications for the traditional craft in order to use up the plant, which grows extremely quickly and is causing environmental problems.

The designers worked with a local cooperative in Prek Toal, Cambodia, to develop the products.

Photographs are by Amandine Chhor & Aïssa Logerot.

Here are some more details from Logerot:

Sur les Rivages by Aïssa Logerot

The project sur les rivages proposes to revaluate the weaving craft of water hyacinth in Cambodia.

This aquatic plant is harmful because it causes many environmental, sanitary and economic problems. Since 2006, 35 women from poor families in the village of Prek Toal have come together at the Saray cooperative to adopt the traditional craft of water hyacinth weaving.

They have already manufactured a few products, enabling them to maintain their incomes.

Working over a 3 months trial period, in collaboration with Osmose association and the women of Saray cooperative, the idea of this project was to experiment this organic material and the weaving techniques, in order to find new applications for the invasive plant.

Cambodia, a country undergoing reconstruction, is trying to revive traditional crafts which have disappeared during the genocide.

Here more than elsewhere, the design can help to upgrade some of these skills and become the link between technique, form and use.

See also:


TransNeomatic by
Campana Brothers
Dolls by
Alexa Lixfeld
Woven Spanish Pavilion at
Expo 2010

Posted on Monday June 7th 2010 at 6:06 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Miss L

    Great Project and lovely outcome!
    It’s really nice to see the pictures of the people making it with the bright red legs sticking out! Big difference with the white back ground images and it makes the pieces all the more interesting for it!
    Nice work!

  • Fish fingers

    The high back chair looks like it might fall backwards too easily (perhaps not?) but I love all these designs, especially the rocking chair and the tall light

  • daich

    I think it´s great when a post (not just this one) shows the people that manufactured the furniture. It´s so common to consider that the only thing that matters is the mental work, when it truly isn´t. Hope to see more posts like this!

  • Obscurity

    It’s amazing how people have found, tried, and used materials in their environments for crafting. Having seen (almost) a whole range of such handicrafts, and just based on the images above, I think water hyacynth is a nice material for light and bags, but wonder if it is as suited for making chairs which must be durable to hard wear. I admire some time-tested or traditonal crafted stuffs shown in the background of the family’s room.