Thursday, 15 November 2007

The Resurrection of the Bamboo Motif

Bamboo is back in a big way, and it’s not just for homes with an Asian flair. Bamboo will be everywhere !

Meurice buttler tray table by Johnatan Adler

Bamboo Pillow

Furniture made with Bamboo Cane was all the rage in Victorian Times, and re-emerged itself in the 30’s, the 60’s and the 70’s. This resurrection may be a result of the trend that Philippe Stark initiated with his world famous Ghost Chair - a modern interpretation of a Louis XVI chair made in translucent acrylic.

Jacques Adnet (circa late 1930"s) - stool

Jacques Adnet (circa 1950’s) - coffee table

The same concept is happening today with the use of bamboo cane as the muse or model for a new classic that has come to stay.

Area rug by Allegra Hicks
The Rug Company

Jonathan Adler Meurice Floor Lamp with Black Shade

These materials and applications are a far cry from the traditional hand-made pieces and can be used in any modern interior.

zen teapot

Cole & Son Wallpaper

The Patina Collection - Saigon

Jonathan Adler Meurice Chandelier in Polished Nickel
also locally available @

The bamboo cane is natural, sophisticated and reads extremely well in any interior design application from the traditional to the contemporary room.

De Gournay hand painted wallpaper

Japanese & Korean collection
Bamboo in argent design colours

As a material, bamboo has been a breakthrough in sustainable development due to it’s incredibly fast growth cycle, in contrast to our limited supply of global hardwood. Bamboo has become increasingly popular as a building material and as flooring partly as a result of it’s natural beauty and incredible durability but now this eco-friendly product is ready to take on the furniture, textile, and accessory market!

bamboo chairs

First used in China over 5000 years ago to create books, food and buildings, Bamboo has been reinterpreted over the years for many purposes. In addition to furniture and flooring, bamboo may also be used for soft materials like bedding and clothing. Bamboo has also been used throughout the centuries in art, but now, you don’t have to look far to find it being used in wallpapers, fabrics, furniture and more as a simple motif.

Ralph Lauren Flattware

Bedding by Lulu de Kwiatkowski

Now with the use of modern materials and concepts this inspiration can take on any number of forms without looking cliché or lending itself strictly to the Asian style. With the right finish or setting Bamboo may be applied to any décor. With it’s natural class and texture I believe it is a great addition to any home!

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Jeff said...

I like the bamboo bedding. It's very striking in blue.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Bamboo will come into design in other ways, not just in interiors and accessories. for example, will it be a new material used in construction or architectural design?

Anonymous said...

¡Su blog es de nuevo asombroso! El bambú es así que largo y duro hace diseñar tan atractivo. Continúe el buen trabajo y ofrezca más Jonatán Adler en sus blogs.