Bamboo and you in 2011.
Earlier this year, EcoSalon rightly predicted that bamboo would continue making waves in design. It’s not difficult to see why.
As far as materials go, bamboo is remarkable. It grows and spreads quickly without fertilizers, pesticides, or water. It’s not fussy about climate. It’s 16 percent stronger than maple, one-third lighter than oak, and naturally antimicrobial. It also releases more oxygen into the air than similarly-sized plants.
With such credentials, bamboo has cropped up as quickly in the sustainable design world as in nature. In 2012, we’ll likely be seeing even more of the grass. We can also expect more creative uses of Plyboo, a sustainable bamboo plywood already used heavily in architecture and interior design. Produced in China by Smith & Fong Co., plyboo is available in a wild array of grains, colors, and textures, including some that resemble animal prints.
But before we look forward, let’s take a step back. Here’s a look at eight of our favorite featured bamboo products from the past year.
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With a carving of the iconic Leica M1, this iPhone case is a smart mash-up of high and low tech.
Clever and vibrant.
A modern alternative to clunky white plastic.
These photo mounts from Plywerk are an elegant new way to showcase favorite snapshots and works of art. Upload your image to their website for a custom mount job, or purchase blank ones for do-it-yourself projects.
Designer Sebastian Errazuriz’s Magistral Cabinet, which showed at the Cristina Grajales Gallery this spring, is actually made from bamboo skewers.
With spring colors and retro-chic patterns, these bamboo plates from VivaTerra are a bright idea in bamboo design.
Image: Pjan Vandaele