German designer Stefan Diez’ flat-pack bamboo bench and trestle table don’t require any tools to assemble and are held together with a string.
Mammoet, a provider of engineered heavy lifting and transport, says it is substituting bamboo for hardwoods azobé or ekki as a more sustainable material in its jacking operations.
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.
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.
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), working with architects and wood processors in Canada and England, have been researched bamboo for use in plywood and oriented strand board for wood as a construction material.
Teragren, manufacturer of bamboo flooring, panels, veneer and worktops, hired Mark Jordan as its new vice president of sales. Company founders Ann and David Knight start U.S. bamboo farm.
Bamboo flooring trends see new colors and durability. Strand-woven bamboo surpasses the hardness of some hardwood floors.
By Mark Vruno
Bamboo flooring has garnered attention and opinions from many industry professionals.