Beyond Basic Bamboo

Prized for centuries for its beauty, versatility and environmental benefits, bamboo has long been an essential element in home design. Its strength and durability in challenging climates makes it an ideal material for architects and interior designers.

Too often, though, bamboo is relegated to practical and uninspired furniture, flooring or window treatments.

It’s time to move beyond the basics of bamboo. Elevate your expectations and discover how bamboo’s incredible versatility makes it an ideal and easily integrative material to enhance your home’s unique style. Bamboo is one of the finest natural materials you can opt for in terms of style, functionality and durability.

Bamboo’s decorative range is virtually endless. Supple, strong and naturally beautiful; bamboo has become a favourite material for modern designers. Leading design firms such as BloomingvilleBroste Copenhagen and Tine K Home are enhancing bamboo’s classic appeal and creating home décor that features bamboo in innovative, modern and distinctive designs.

You certainly do not need to overhaul your entire aesthetic approach when selecting bamboo elements for your home. Bamboo décor is easy to incorporate and complements many design styles. Let’s shine a new light on bamboo and discover how something as simple as a lampshade can transform and captivate a room with elegance and style.

  1. Danish design firm Bloomingville took inspiration from traditional fishing nets used in Southern Thailand to create this beautiful Bamboo Pendant Lamp. The rattan bamboo lamp’s structure is exceptionally intricate and radiates effortless style and sophistication. Riveting patterns of light emerge through the lamp’s woven structure when lit.
  2. Stylodeco also offers Bloomingville’s coordinating Long Bamboo Pendant Lamp. At a height of 65 centimetres this long, minimalistic lamp is perfect for hanging above your dining room table or outside on your covered patio. It is also a wonderful source of ambient light that will add an elegant sophistication to any space. Light yet sturdy and with a natural golden hue these two Bamboo Pendant Lamps from Bloomingville instantly add texture, warmth and distinction to your home.
  3. Broste Copenhagen’s Zep Bamboo Pendant Lampshade will create an immediate chic atmosphere when placed in your favourite room. The bamboo shade’s large design and clean shape creates a fresh and contemporary feel that radiates far and wide. The Zep Lampshade is naturally stylish, and is crafted with bold nuances that make this a standout design piece.
  4. Tine K Home’s BASOPEN Lampshade Baskets are handmade in small, selected villages of Vietnam. The design is actually inspired by poultry cages that can be found in traditional Vietnamese marketplaces. Tine K Home’s BASOPEN performs double duty as both a pendant lampshade and a convenient basket. The bamboo basket can be a simple, yet beautiful, storage container for your living room, kitchen or child’s bedroom. To transform the basket into a lamp simply turn the basket upside down and add a bulb and wire to create a delicate light with an amazing shadow effect.

What is great about each of these lampshades is how they highlight the versatility and enduring beauty bamboo brings to home décor.

Sometimes it feels as though hard materials like concrete, glass, bricks and stone dominate our environment. Perhaps it's time to startutilising natural materials like bamboo in subtle and creative design accents, as a simple way to encourage a sense of serenity and balance in your life and at home.

By K.S. Spatola