Bamboo has long been used in vernacular architecture and furniture making in tropical countries. Their availability, fast growth, and natural qualities such as its flexibility, tensile strength, and fire resistive nature make it ideal for cheaper alternatives for furniture and temporal housing.
Nowadays bamboo has been rising in popularity, various procedures are now being employed to improve the natural qualities of bamboo. Slowly the material known only for vernacular housing is now rising in popularity as the IT material hailed for its sustainable benefits and strength comparable or perhaps even greater than conventionally used materials. Gone are the attached words “alternative” or “temporal” to bamboo, for slowly it is creating its own name in the construction and furniture industry – in lieu of its strength and the various possibilities offered by this old but somehow new construction material.
More and more innovations exploring bamboo are being made popular and used in the industry of both furniture design and architecture. Although these materials may not be as cheap as you think, they still pose as great replacements for hardwood or sometimes even steel. Bamboos ability to regenerate faster than most of the natural building materials give it an edge and a huge opportunity to be used and propagated as a sustainable furniture and building material for the future.
Bamboo furniture boast a wide range of forms owing to its natural flexibility, check out the works of Taiwanese studio scope design, notice how they were able to create various forms using different approaches to bamboo – such as using bamboo as strips, or as lumber. Bamboo lumber is known to be as strong as hardwood and has a warm and fine texture allowing it to have a unique texture perfect for different types of furniture such as bed frames, check out this list of best mattresses 2019 to pair with the bed frame. Bamboo lumber and bamboo in its raw form is also quite strong, allowing you to create fine dainty pieces that boasts strength and versatility, check out jeff da-yu shi’s tea style bamboo collection for reference.
Want to make a bamboo sofa set for yourself? Check out this video by Liziqi