Creating sustainable furniture using architectural bamboo plyboard

As furniture designers come more and more to grips with the need to look at sustainable design, we are seeing the use of bamboo plyboards mushrooming. Why? They are an obvious choice:-

  • The boards are available in standard sizes – reducing the need to laminate planks together first. Great for production lines too.
  • They are structurally stable – no wrestling with & bracing the planks to keep them in place.
  • They are so easy to mill to your desired shape.
  • Paint, varnish, stain, oil or wax – no problem.

The more we see, the more excited we become at the possibilities. Have a look at what one company is doing – they have released a whole range of furniture based on bamboo plyboards:

Sustainable furniture the bamboo plyboard way

The Niel coffee table made with sustainable bamboo plywood

Antiquing Your White Kitchen Cabinets

Antique White Kitchen Cabinets

Do you have a dull, white kitchen that needs to be spruced up? Yes, even though the kitchen is all white, the counters are white, the seats are white, and I’m sure the table is white, and while it all seems nice, the room probably seems cold. This is a prevalent issue for people with all white rooms. Well, a simple way to add personality to your white kitchen is to antique the kitchen cabinets. [Read more…]

Water Damage – Hotel

The phone rang – it was a client who had been the first hotel to install a Strand Woven Bamboo floor in the Western Cape. They had wanted to go green as was the international trend, so had decided to take the plunge and installed an Eco-Logic Strand Woven bamboo floor in their lobby. It had been three months and they were very happy with the floor, what could this be all about?

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Why does FSC Certification of bamboo matter?

Why FSC? One of the big challenges we experience on our Eco-Logic Bamboo products, is that other products are often marketed as “Green” when in fact the products are not green. The industry term for this is called  “greenwashing“. So how do you KNOW whether a product is REALLY green?

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5 Basic Additions To Increase The Curb Appeal, Look, Quality, Value, And Satisfaction Of Your Home

If your property was built by a standard builder in the last two decades, odds are they neglected to incorporate lots of features you wish you had currently. It seems builders and consumers have determined that obtaining “more for their money” means getting more living space, while disregarding the design and appearance of their house. [Read more…]

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Ideas to decorate the Children Bedroom furnishings

With regards to decorating a kid’s bedroom it seems like an uphill task for the parents as to many questions pop to their head. Ought to they program the room around their child’s beloved cartoon character? Or ought to the mother and father paint the room to appear like a tropical forest or a fortress? [Read more…]

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Is Bamboo flooring really hard?

There have been criticisms that bamboo flooring isn’t as hard as claimed, that after a short time the floor is dented and scratched and looks awful. What say we?

Some of these criticisms are well founded – suppliers advertise their flooring being as hard as Maple flooring, or harder than Oak flooring, trying to sell bamboo flooring based on it’s hardness alone (there are tons of other reasons to buy bamboo flooring). So what are the facts about the hardness of bamboo flooring?
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The Pinnacle Room In Your Home – Your Bedroom

“There’s no questions that our bedroom is the most important room in our home. Because of that, we need to be extra careful especially when it comes to redecorating your home. Adding in items that create a cozy atmosphere will be good for you as you rest from a long day at work. In fact, your bedroom is part of your lifestyle. It’s great to greet each morning and you see things that can please your senses. Of course, that includes making your bedroom attractive. Human as we are, we tend to feel positive especially if we something that is beautiful. [Read more…]

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A designer builds an eco-kitchen …

As more & more people become aware of the environmental issues facing our planet, they have started to look at eco-friendly alternatives.

In this post, a designer, Joshua Foss, walks you through the process of building an eco-kitchen. Part of the process was selecting eco-friendly materials – and guess what he (and his client) chose? Yip, you guessed – strand woven bamboo boards.

Here is a teaser:

MetroHippie Bamboo kitchen design

The rest can be found here:

Designing an eco-friendly kitchen
Joshua Foss’ web site – Thrive Design Studio

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Bamboo coffee table – sustainable furniture design

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table - side view

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table – side view

Make a Bamboo coffee table, you ask???

DIY ready bamboo boards are ideal for the DIY enthusiast. Working with solid wood requires all the prep time to get the timber ready for assembly.

Bamboo boards, with all the qualities of solid hard woods, simply need to be cut to your required dimensions.

In this post we’re going to take you step by step through the making of a bamboo coffee table.

See how it’s done … [Read more…]

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