Japanese bamboo picnic basket reborn as handbag

Los Angeles retailer Cult Gaia taps the appeal of wooden wear in a re-issue of a classic Japanese picnic basket. Selling at $98 for large versions and $88 for small ones, the contemporary bamboo baskets compared favorably with the original, available for $95 from an Etsy vendor.

Bamboo Technique Fabricates Furniture Like Origami

Tables made from bamboo folded like origami paper, and chairs with unusual and complex designs: Bamboo is strong and doesn't break easily. That's why it has been used for baskets, sieves and screens. But it does also tend to warp, and that's why it hasn't been used for larger furniture, but this technique could change that.