Bamboo design has become the sleek, sustainable and ecofriendly trend of today’s living spaces. Bamboo has been embraced by boutique hotels and designer homes.
Design with an edge
Gone are the days where bamboo was only found in antiques and budget furniture. Nowadays the hallmark of bamboo is innovation. Design with an edge. It’s used as a natural material to add a modern flair across a wide range of design styles.
Take a look at who is creating with bamboo, from cutting edge designers to mainstream outlets across the country. Items range from bamboo console and a bamboo and aluminium coffee table to bar stools, this recycled bamboo and elm table and pure art.
The main attractions of bamboo? The incredible eco credentials, timeless beauty and flexibility for new designs – bamboo is the material of the moment and there’s a whole list of reasons…
So what makes bamboo design so eco-friendly?
Bamboo is not just renewable it’s a grass that renews quickly – yes, bamboo is a type of grass. In fact bamboo can grow about 10 times faster than most hardwoods, so it can sustain the rate of production that society is demanding.
Natural bamboo ceiling lampshade with gloss lacquer exterior, available at Amazon.
It’s abundant in the natural world and grows prolifically without chemicals. If you’ve grown it in the garden you’ll know that the only problem with bamboo is keeping it under control.
Bamboo is stronger than steel as shown by this factoid: the tensile strength of bamboo is 28,000 per square inch versus 23,000 for steel. In Asia it’s used for scaffolding, building bridges and even major construction projects. You can see why bamboo furniture is far more resistant to damage than hardwoods.
In spite of its strength, bamboo is naturally flexible. As a result, bamboo can be formed into unique designs unlike anything made with hardwood.
Bamboo design is durable and built to withstand everyday use. It’s almost as durable as synthetic alternatives such as laminate flooring but with all the beauty of a natural product. Bamboo itself can be laminated which provides another layer against wear and tear.
Bamboo is one of the more affordable options for green products. Prices for bamboo flooring are similar to hardwood, which is refreshing as we all know that most of the time an eco-conscious life-style carries a price tag.
Bamboo is not only used for solid ‘wooden’ items. It can be woven into soft fabrics including duvet covers, sheets and towels for a price often similar to organic cotton. It makes a great pairing with other natural fibres.
Bamboo is easily produced with a range of finishes – from naturals and neutrals to bold colours.
Unlike wood, bamboo absorbs little moisture. In fact it’s high density makes it water-resistant. This means that bamboo furniture is more resistant to swelling, shrinking or warping which can be caused by changes in humidity or temperature.
Bamboo fibres are also used in combination with other elements to create composites that benefit from bamboo’s unique features to produce materials that are even more amazing.
Bamboo design can transform how you feel about your home. Sit back and enjoy being part of the world.
Nature loves it and I think you will too.