Wonder Bamboo: The Use Of Bamboo In Furniture

Bamboo: a grass, the most ecologically and renewable resource.
While Oak trees can take 120 years to grow to maturity, bamboo can be harvested in three. It is probably the fastest growing grass on earth. It also regenerates without need for replanting, and requires minimal fertilization or pesticides. Bamboo also recycles a huge quantity of CO2 and produces 35% more oxygen than a tree in the same environment.

Bamboo grows well in central Vietnam where the French company Ekobo, since 2003, has developed a cooperation with local, rural communities to create a range of products which combined modern aesthetics with craftsmanship.
Wonder Bamboo, like I call it, is extraordinary in its simplicity.

Once harvested, bamboo travels by river to the local artisan villages. The logs are bathe in the river for 4/5 months. This natural process aims to extend bamboo life and protect the logs from insects. Once out of water the logs are dried in open air and then cut manually into strips. Rolled and molded around a stone shape, a natural resin is applied to reinforce the strips. The bowl, plates and stools are taking shape and after two layers of lacquer a tissue is applied to consolidate the all. In the following 30 days each design is again lacquered a dozen of times. A final touch and then the bright colors are applied.

Watch the video Wonder Bamboo: Ekobo production process

Ekobo products available at our concept store e-side.co.uk: Mello Bamboo Stool, Mini Mello stool/storage for kids and Chamallo, a set of side tables.

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