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Bamboo Boom Provides Beautiful Alternatives
May 18, 2014 Featured, Health and Wellness

Bamboo Boom Provides Beautiful Alternatives

We have been an admirer of bamboo for many years, but the last decade has seen a boom in the material’s use in creating inspired living spaces. Whether used as a construction material for floors, walls and structures or in furnishings, this eco-friendly material has come of age in the design world.

What makes bamboo so attractive? The reasons are many:

  • It is light but more durable than oak, maple and most other woods.
  • It produces more oxygen than many tree varieties.
  • It matures in 3 to 5 years as compared to 30-50 years for hardwood.
  • It needs less water to grow and does not require the use of pesticides because of its natural durability.
  • It grows well in different climates.
  • It decomposes into reusable, nutrient-rich soil.

One of the most popular uses of bamboo in room design has been in flooring. Light colored naturally, it can be darkened during the manufacturing process or  stained in a variety of hues.  Using lighter natural flooring can allow bolder colors and furnishings to pop; darker tones can add a feeling of luxury and sophistication.

We particularly like the use of bamboo in designs that let the imagination soar.  One of our favorites is this children’s activity and learning center at the Soneva Kiri Resort in Thailand. It was named one of the 10 Best Bamboo Designs in 2013 by DesignboomÒ.

Designed by Olav Bruin, the structure, according to Designboom “is the most striking in the series of ecologically-charged icons designed for the resort, the center is a locally-sourced and labored bamboo structure designed to provide a place young people to play, eat, learn, discover, and share all while being infused with an environmentally.”

 

 

 

 

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