Reconsidering bamboo.

September 12, 2010 at 7:35 pm Leave a comment

Bamboo, like cork, is super eco-friendly. Which is one reason it’s being used increasingly (and in increasingly creative ways) as an alternative to more traditional Western lumber. They even have great brand names like Lumboo, “the world’s first engineered bamboo dimensional lumber,” and Plyboo, “the most respected name in bamboo plywood and bamboo flooring.”

Lumboo “is made from 100% compressed bamboo. Large bamboo poles are shredded into strips and configured into a matrix optimized for structural integrity. Once the bamboo matrix is built, a low VOC resin is added and the bamboo is placed into a hydraulic press that compresses the material at several hundred thousand pounds of force. The result is an extremely dense bamboo block and is nearly indestructible.”

Plyboo is a plywood made from rapidly renewable bamboo, so it causes less stress to the environment than chopping down slower-growing hardwoods.”

September 12’s daily design idea is a 90 degree shift in orientation can open up all sorts of possibilities.

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Cork-tastic! Bamboo pendant lights (and Apartment Therapy’s Design Showcase 2010).

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