Bamboo Style by Gale Beth Goldberg

By Gale Beth Goldberg

Bamboo type creatively indicates how each room of the home might be designed, adorned or accented with sensual bamboo furnishings, floor, wall protecting, ceiling fabric and components. The booklet showcases examples of straightforward and cutting edge bamboo adorning options and homemade tasks. Bamboo sort evokes creativity and craft making, and encompasses a precise source part that makes it effortless to hook up with designers, brands, artists, providers, and agencies.

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Many other beginnings took place at the 1995 conference in Bali. Simon Véléz, who had never left his homeland of Colombia, was invited to present his work and we were all smitten with his architectural genius. Gunter Pauli from the ZERI (Zero Emissions Research Initiative) Foundation was also in attendance, and seeds were sown for the Hannover Project, which single-handedly took the perception of bamboo to the level of a high-tech engineering material. German building-code officials approved the bamboo species of Guadua as a structural material for the ZERI Pavilion at the Hannover 2000 World’s Fair.

With a sensitive and careful eye, the designers integrated the interesting shape of the rhizome ends of the harvested bamboo stalks into the detail of the column brackets. Included with Bamboo Technologies’ prefabricated houses are wall panels with exterior bamboo siding and interior woven bamboo finish, roof panels overlaid with three-quarter-inch bamboo plywood, and a queen-size bamboo bed. Available options include bamboo flooring, bamboo kitchen counters and cabinets, a bamboo bathroom vanity, and bamboo light fixtures, switches, and receptacle covers.

It shoulders the weight of winter snows. When warm weather thaws the snow, the bamboo springs back. It can be bent, woven, curved, shaped, molded, or laminated. When it is transformed from a whole or split culm, it becomes the art, the object of the art, and the tool of the art. It flexes physically whether it’s a whole-culm roof rafter or a split-culm deck railing. A Japanese sleeve fence (sodi-gaki) takes its top chord curved shape from many thin, plaited split strips made from a giant timber bamboo and recombined.

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