Bamboo: The Sustainable Material Having A Fashionable Comeback

Bamboo has a lot going for it. Not only is it not derived from forestry (it’s known as a long grass instead) it has a very fast regenerative growth-cycle without the need to be replanted. Vintage Bamboo furniture, therefore is the pinnacle of sustainability!

Bamboo was fashionable as a material for furniture-making in the second half of the 19th century. Poles of bamboo were imported mainly from Japan and the resulting furniture was relatively inexpensive but satisfied a desire for the ‘exotic’ and decorative arts style that was gaining momentum. A brief flirtation with Bamboo in the 1970s resulted in a a kitsch and unfashionable reputation. But not anymore.

Bamboo furniture has a graphic and natural, linear form that  belies it’s tensile strength – it’s stronger than steel. For designers, Bamboo’s elasticity allows manipulation into curves and produces a light feeling. A bamboo rocker is an elegant touch in a room setting, working with all types of furniture styles.

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Natural Bamboo Rocking Chair Attributed to Franco Albini £990

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XL Vintage Satellite Circle Bamboo Tub Chair £135, available as a pair

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Faux Bamboo accents are also having a moment in the spotlight, with brass Bamboo mirrors, bar carts and coffee tables adding a touch of glamour within the home.

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Italian Faux Bamboo Brass Cart £1,380

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Faux Brass Bamboo Table £375
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Brass Tropical Bamboo Table Lamp £310
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Nest Of Tables After Bagues £550

You can shop more Bamboo styles on Vinterior here

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