Guest Picks: Bring in the Beauty of Bamboo
20 ways to use versatile, sustainable bamboo into your home
I'm a Canadian collage illustrator and the editor of automatism, a blog where I share whatever I find inspiring, interesting, or simply beautiful in interiors, design, art, illustration and other creative fields. You can visit automatism here: http://lorilangille.blogspot.com/
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Appreciated for centuries thanks to its versatility and beauty, eco-friendly bamboo is enjoying a surge in popularity these days. Its rapid growth, high mechanical strength and durability in adverse weather conditions make it ideal for architecture. In addition, its flexibility and warm, rich tone make it a star material for designers. Why not add a little bamboo to your home? — Lori from automatism
Named after the Maori word for a local sea-urchin in New Zealand, the design of the Kina Natural Pendant was inspired by the surface patterns made by the spines on the urchin's shell. This lovely fixture would add drama and beauty to the simplest living or dining room.
This sleek and elegant dining table by designer Konstantin Gric is a beautiful balance of the warmth of bamboo and the modern sleekness of steel. I love it.
A timepiece that's as ornamental as it is useful, the Samara Wall Clock is a nod to mid-century design while remaining effortlessly modern too. I love its graceful design.
Warm bamboo meets delicate glazed blue in this pretty Mano Storage Jar by Jeanette List Amstrup. Storing sugar or twist ties is now instantly stylish!
Made up of 732 hand-woven bamboo balls, this extraordinary Bubble Sofa was designed by Kevin Yu-Jui Chou and made by craftsman Su-jen Su. Light but stable, it's a tribute to the possibilities of this amazing material.
Add a little color to your morning cereal with the Ekobo Bo Bamboo Bowls. Each set features three bowls and is available in several colors — perfect for mixing and matching.
I love the combination of 1930s style with the casual look of bamboo in the Daymon Table Lamp by Arteriors Home. It would look equally good in a formal living room or a seaside cottage.
Serve up salads or veggies in style with these striking two-toned GEMO salad tongs. The colored lacquer exterior is a nice contrast to the natural bamboo interior. These would add a dash of style to even the most impromptu lunch or supper.
This lovely bamboo fruit basket by designer Douglass Legg for Eno Studio is almost too beautiful to put apples in; it's just as nice on its own as a sculptural accent to a dining or living room.
Surround yourself in eco-friendly warmth with one of these pretty bamboo throws from Inhabit. Each is a generous 60" x 84" in size, making them great for cozy snuggling on the couch on cool winter nights.
Beautifully handmade, this pepper mill is elegant enough to be displayed on the kitchen counter when not in use. I love the contrast of the aluminum band against the textured bamboo body.
The simple shape of the Paranöt Plant Pot would look good in both traditional and modern homes. The plastic pot included inside makes it easy to care for too.
Give your wine somewhere groovy to hang out with this great vintage 1960s wine rack. The shape of this is nice enough to stand on its own as a decorative object too.
Serve your appetizers with style using this set of three trays that are made from 100-percent organic bamboo. Cheese balls never looked so good!
Designed and made by Tulip, a Quebec-based company, the Pod Swivel Bookcase is made from solid bamboo and bamboo veneer and is finished with lead-free paint and varnish. It is a great way to display a collection or books.
Trying out a recipe from your new cookbook just became more stylish with the elegantly simple Cook-A-Book Cookbook Holder by David Quan. It folds flat for easy storage too.
Delicately organic in form, the Akari Freeform Column Floor Lamp is handmade from washi paper and shaped on a frame of higo bamboo ribbing and steel. When lit it gives off a soft glow, giving you an instant atmosphere.
Enjoy the luxury of a spa in your own home with this wonderfully soft bamboo towel set. Because bamboo is naturally hypo-allergenic and anti-microbial, these towels are a practical and silky delight to use.
A great solution to defining areas in a multifunctional room, the Boom Bamboo Room Divider is an ingenious flexible panel made up of vertical strips of bamboo, allowing you to create a wavy sculptural look that'll also hide away that unsightly TV.
Ideabook published on Feb. 9, 2012.
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