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A vision, 50 years in the making.

Our new showroom reveals the beauty of bamboo in stunning new ways. Drawing on her architecture training, Jennifer Snyders has transformed 13 Erith St, Botany into a stunning bamboo showroom ever seen in Australia.

See for yourself what is possible. Touch, feel, even smell the bamboo. (Yes, it has its own seductive aroma, the scent of nature itself.)

Bamboo is strong and flexible. So are the team who help you realise your dreams. We are strong in our belief that bamboo is the answer to everything your heart desires. And we are flexible in how we work to help you overcome any challenge in realising the vision that lies within you.

Nothing beats seeing it in person. Drop by sometime.

We are local and look forward to welcoming you at 13 Erith Street in Botany, Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm or on Saturday between 9am and 1pm.

The Benefits of Rattan Cane Webbing in Your Hospitality Venue

When it comes to hospitality venues, there are many different types of materials that can be used for furniture and décor. Rattan cane webbing is a material that is often overlooked, but it has a number of benefits that make it worth considering in your design. In this post, we will discuss what rattan cane webbing is, the benefits of using it, and how you can incorporate it into your décor.

What is Rattan Cane Webbing?

Rattan cane webbing is a material made from the rattan plant, a type of palm that grows in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Australia. It has a wide range of applications and is available in a variety of different designs.

Rattan cane webbing is a sustainable and environmentally friendly product as it is made from a renewable resource. The rattan cane is harvested and then the outer bark is removed to reveal the inner core, which is then cut into strips. These strips are then woven together to create rattan cane webbing. Rattan cane webbing is strong and durable, yet surprisingly flexible, making it an ideal material for a variety of applications.

Design studio Linehouse | Project: Bird – Wine Bar

The benefits of using Rattan Cane Webbing

There are a number of benefits to using rattan cane webbing in your hospitality venue. First, it is an environmentally friendly material. Rattan is a sustainable resource that can be quickly replenished. Second, rattan is very durable and can last for many years with proper care. Third, rattan cane webbing has a natural beauty that can add a touch of elegance to your venue.

Rattan cane webbing is a popular choice for ceiling accents, room dividers and counter fronts adding elegance, interest and depth to any space. In addition to its attractive appearance, rattan cane webbing has a number of other advantages. It is extremely strong and durable, making it ideal for high-traffic areas. Room dividers made from rattan cane webbing are typically made in panels that can be hung from the ceiling or placed on the floor. They come in a variety of sizes and styles, so you can design the perfect divider for your space. Rattan cane webbing is also very flexible, meaning it can be easily shaped to fit any furniture piece. And because it is made from natural materials, rattan cane webbing is an environmentally friendly choice. Whether you are looking for a stylish way to add interest to your venue or a durable and eco-friendly option, rattan cane webbing is an excellent choice.

Rattan is a material that has been used in furniture and design for centuries. Recently, it has experienced a resurgence in popularity, owing to its unique texture and visual appeal. Rattan is made from the inner core of certain palms, and it is characterized by its distinctive crosshatching. Cane webbing is a traditional rattan weave that is often used in hospitality design. It can add a touch of elegance to any space, and it is also very durable. As a result, rattan cane webbing is an ideal choice for high-traffic areas such as hotels and restaurants. When it comes to rattan cane webbing, the sky is the limit. With so many different styles and designs available, there is sure to be something to suit every aesthetic.

Design studio Linehouse | Project: Bird – Wine Bar

How to use Rattan Cane Webbing

There are many ways that you can incorporate rattan cane webbing into your décor. One option is to use it to line ceilings to add style and movement. You can also use rattan to accent other pieces of furniture, inserting into cabinetry, headboards and footboards. Or, if you want a more unique look, you can use rattan to create wall art or sculptures.

When working with rattan cane webbing, it is important to be careful not to tear the material. The best way to cut rattan cane webbing is with a sharp pair of scissors. When attaching rattan cane webbing to another surface, use an adhesive that is compatible with the material. Be sure to test the adhesive on a small area before applying it to the entire surface. When inserting rattan cane webbing into cabinetry, it is important to soak the material for a minimum of 20 minutes to ensure it is pliable. With a little care and patience, you can use rattan cane webbing to create beautiful and long-lasting pieces of furniture.

No matter how you decide to use it, incorporating rattan cane webbing into your hospitality venue is sure to give it a touch of style and sophistication. So if you’re looking for a unique material to use in your next design project, be sure to consider rattan cane webbing.

Check out House of Bamboo for the most comprehensive selection of rattan styles in Australia. With over a 50 years experience, we can help you bring your vision to life. Contact us today on 1300665703 or [email protected] or visit our showrooms to learn more!

See bamboo in 3 new ways

How do you love your bamboo? In its natural state? Woven through with texture? Or stylishly reimagined?

At House of Bamboo, we have 3 different collections that give you new ways to style your home with bamboo. The Organic Collection features bamboo in its native state. Our Textured Collection features bamboo that will weave its magic on you. And our Contemporary Collection showcases bamboo re-engineered in ways you never thought was possible.

Explore all 3 Collections here.

Contemporary Collection

Bamboo has always been loved for its strength, lightness and flexibility. But these inner qualities could never be fully realised in bamboo left in its native state. And so, our Contemporary Collection features bamboo reimagined and re-engineered with unfamiliar square edges that make exciting new possibilities, real. In fencing, screening, shading, cladding, decking, flooring and even construction. Yes, bamboo has so much more it can offer over timber.

Just one look and you will not believe your eyes. Who knew it was bamboo?

Handmade Collection

At the heart of bamboo is strength. But its outer layer is softer and flexible. It can be woven into wonderful things, like its cousin rattan. Naturally renewable, they each create their own signature look. Woven panels for walls. Rattan for a chair, a cabinet, a bedhead. Their texture makes you want to reach out your hand and touch them, every time you walk past.

Natural texture weaves its magic throughout your home.

Organic Collection

Our organic collection features bamboo expressed in its natural state. Poles, woven panels and screens full of natural texture that take you to far-away places. Palm fiber transports you to the tropics. Natureed®, the most weather resistant and durable screening of its kind features 50% more reeds than cheaper alternatives.

Surround yourself with wanderlust, every day, at home.

To discuss the products featured in the videos, get in touch with our design consultants by calling 1300 665 703, filling the form here or visiting our showrooms in Sydney and Brisbane.

First choice for Sydney’s Smart Green Apartments Programme

3 things you never knew about bamboo decking.

It’s a composite decking, but with no plastics. It has a 25-year warranty. And it’s harder than hardwood!

No wonder our stunning Dasso bamboo decking was chosen for the City of Sydney’s, Smart Green Apartments Programme, which is designed to improve the cost-effectiveness and environmental performance of apartment buildings. Beautiful rooftop garden upgrade at The Pyrmont. Landscape architects Adam Robinson and Hamish Chapman with Strata Committee Members John Tate, Allan Hoy and Patrick Fernandez enjoying their success.

Photos by Katherine Griffiths

Sydney architects love our decking

Our Dasso bamboo decking was installed on Squillace Architects Sydney’s rooftop space 2 years ago. Despite being totally exposed to sun and all that rain, it’s still strong and beautiful while having no plastics in it. You can tell by the lovely silver-grey colour, they haven’t had to do a thing to it.
They chose plastic-free bamboo decking and ended with a beautiful aged grey deck.

 Lovely silver-grey colour, they haven’t had to do a thing to it.

10 Bamboo Building Products For Sustainable Construction

Despite its tubular shape, bamboo can now be engineered into bamboo timber products that provide the exact same finish as the most popular softwoods and hardwoods (spotted gum, merbau, blackbutt, jarra etc).

Since the 2020 bushfires, the timber shortage has recently been impacting projects worldwide but bamboo being one of the world’s most renewable resources it is not only plentiful but better for the environment (it produces 35% more oxygen and stores up to 4 times more carbon than trees and naturally regenerates without the need to replant).

Everything you envision in timber can be made with bamboo, such as these 10 bamboo building products that are sustainable timber alternatives.

Privacy Screens

Elanora Heights - Bamboo Privacy Screen

With their modern look, slatted bamboo timber screens are an elegant and functional way solution for privacy. They block the view from outside without stopping the light or air flow.

Pictured: Cottesloe privacy screen for Jo Taylor Design in Elanora Heights.

Decking

Fused bamboo decking boasts a Janka hardness rating twice that of Merbau and a BAL rating of 29 making it a superior choice for all decking applications in both residential and commercial installations. Our bamboo decking uses an exclusive clip system for quick and easy installation and comes with a 25 year warranty for extra peace of mind.

Pictured: XTR Bamboo Deck for FANDR Construction in Berry.

Battens and Slats

Laminated Bamboo Battens

Stylish and sustainable, bamboo battens and slats are one of the most versatile tools for interior and exterior design. Suitable for shading, screening, fencing and cladding their applications are limitless. The only limitation is your imagination.

Pictured: Custom bamboo planter boxes for Woolworths.

Slatted Cladding & Acoustics

Elegant Engineered Bamboo Booths in High End Japanese Restaurant

Perfect for feature walls, ceilings, shading and soffits, bamboo slatted cladding is lightweight and easy to install. Its ribbed texture also makes it a great sound absorber perfect for acoustics in restaurants, bars and busy venues.

Our engineered laminated bamboo holds Global GreenTag Level A and Platinum Health Ratings, guaranteeing sustainable manufacturing practices and non-toxicity.

Pictured: Bamboo clad booths for RAKU Dining in Canberra

Pool Boundary Fence

Pool Compliant Fencing

Minimum height standards for pool fencing and adjoining fencing apply in Australian States and Territories. Bamboo timber is a perfect cladding material to cover existing fencing to eliminate any footholds, or to raise the existing fence to the required height for pool certification. Bamboo fencing options can give your pool a fresh new look, transforming tired pool fences to meet safety requirements without the need to rebuild a whole new fence.

Pictured: Bamboo timber pool boundary fence (Black Torquay finish) for LivingLot in Bradley’s Head.

Plywood

Bamboo Commercial Application

Bamboo is a naturally light material making it particularly well suited for plywood applications. We can custom make bamboo plywood sheets to meet your design requirements, contact us today to discuss your project.

Pictured: Bamboo plywood sheets for Woolworths.

Shading

Slatted Bamboo Ceiling Detail

Turn the harsh heat of the sun into soft, dappled light with the clean lines of slatted screens. Our engineered laminated bamboo holds Global GreenTag Level A and Platinum Health Ratings, guaranteeing sustainable manufacturing practices and non-toxicity.

Pictured: Bamboo shading (Noosa Screens in Teak) for Jo Taylor in Elanora Heights

Joinery and Cabinetry

Concrete Slab and Slatted Bamboo

Slats, battens and ribbed cladding are an easy way to add warmth and texture to flat surfaces such as cabinetry, barbecues, closets, TV units and more. Whatever the width, depth and length, we can custom make any batten profile you require.

Pictured: Custom barbecue cladding for Brendan Moar.

Pool Fencing

Sorrento Pool Fence - Landscape

Glass is a popular fencing solution but the constant cleaning required is enough for some homeowners and business owners to look for alternatives requiring less maintenance. This is how our Sorrento screens were born. Composed of steel reinforced bamboo battens they provide an elegant, compliant and convenient alternative to glass fencing. With little maintenance required (a coat of oil every 18 months) and a warm finish, they are guaranteed to improve the look of any pool. This is a made to order product so get in touch with us today to discuss your requirements.

Sliding Doors

Functional and elegant, sliding doors are the smartest way to create flexibility in an open plan layout. One of our clients wanted to create a separation between their gym and their outdoor living space while retaining the ability to open it when necessary. We suggested using our Torquay slatted screens as sliding doors resulting in a stylish and versatile design.

These are just a few of the bamboo building products you can use as alternatives to timber but we can also custom make bespoke products for your designs if you are struggling to find the right timber product. Get in touch with our Design Consultants today and, together, we can bring your vision to life, sustainably.

Explore Our Three Collections In Video

Natural materials often tend to evoke exotic or organic designs but in reality they suit a wide range of styles from Santorini and French Provincial to mid-century and Scandinavian. This is why our products are part of three distinct collections: Organic, Textured and Contemporary.

Click on the images below to get a feel for each collection and explore the products in each range.

Contemporary Collection

Far from its original tubular shape, bamboo can now be engineered into timber-like products that outperform most timbers. Our Symphony Series and SeaChange Series® exemplify this with their range of slatted cladding and screens, suitable for indoor and outdoor fencing, shading, cladding and screening applications. Watch the video here.

Textured Collection

Bamboo poles might have the tensile strength of steel but their outer skin can be woven into intricate and textured panels, perfect for joinery and cladding applications. Similarly to bamboo, rattan is a naturally renewable plant that grows in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Australasia and can be woven into the very popular webbing you often see in furniture, cabinetry and walls. Our woven bamboo panels and rattan ranges are the richest in Australia with more than 15 designs to choose from. Get a feel for all different patterns here.

Organic Collection

Contemporary Bamboo Screen Shading

Last but not least, the Organic collection gathers all the essential bamboo products you know and love such as bamboo poles, bamboo screens and the lesser known Natureed®. Natureed® is a trademarked product exclusive to House of Bamboo that contains up to 50% more reed than similar products on the market, making it a very durable and weather resistant fencing, screening and shading solution. See all the products in our Organic collection here.

To discuss the products featured in the videos, get in touch with our design consultants by calling 1300 665 703, filling the form here or visiting our showrooms in Sydney and Brisbane.

4 Inspiring Projects by Australian Female Architects and Interior Designers

Only 31% of all Architects in Australia are women. And that is almost twice the global average of 17%. We’re doing better than Japan (10% of female architects) but not as good as Sweden and Norway where the split is 50-50. But there is no shortage of talent in our 31%, as illustrated with these four inspiring women-led projects.

Riverlee Meeting Suite by Studio Tate

At the helm of Studio Tate are Principal Interior Designer Alex Hopkins and her business partner Carley Nicholls. Committed to intelligent and responsible design they create refined, polished spaces that balance craftsmanship with functionality. For this project in Melbourne, they used timber battens and natural tones to create an interconnected yet soundproof environment that fosters collaboration.

Photography by Peter Clarke Photography

Peacock Street by Brave New Eco

Brave New Eco was born from the creative mind of Megan Norgate, Interior Designer, Permaculture Designer and Sustainable Design Consultant. With a background in Film Direction and Set Decoration, Megan is interested in reinterpreting existing environments and objects in innovative ways. For this extensive renovation in Brunswick West, the whole layout was opened and the kitchen became the focal point of the home. We love the addition of slatted cladding throughout the kitchen cabinetry that adds texture and warmth to a room that is often “cold” and purely functional.

Photography by Emma Byrnes

The Mod & The Rocker by Rogan Nash Architects

Kate Rogan and Eva Nash combined forces to create Rogan Nash Architects, a practice that aims to beautify life throughout architecture and interior design and to bring dreams to life. Our favourite feature in this project is the creative use of mismatched timber battens to create a dynamic pool fence and the repetition of the slatted screen theme throughout the home.

Thirroul House by Lisa Breeze Architect

Lisa Breeze designs homes for and with the people who live in them. Driven by a passion for craft and detail, she reinvents and rejuvenates living spaces. Her Thirroul House renovation is a beautiful example of organic meets contemporary design that mixes natural finishes with bright colours,

The star of all these projects is undeniably timber, featured throughout the designs in gorgeous warm accents, from louvres and battens to slatted cladding and screening. If you like the look of timber but are struggling to find supplies, consider using other natural alternative such as bamboo timber which can be used to make battens, beams, cladding, louvres and more. For more information, contact our Design Consultants on 1300 665 703 or browse our bamboo timber solutions here.

A vision, 50 years in the making.

Our new showroom reveals the beauty of bamboo in stunning new ways. Drawing on her architecture training, Jennifer Snyders has transformed 13 Erith St, Botany into a stunning bamboo showroom ever seen in Australia.

See for yourself what is possible. Touch, feel, even smell the bamboo. (Yes, it has its own seductive aroma, the scent of nature itself.)

Bamboo is strong and flexible. So are the team who help you realise your dreams. We are strong in our belief that bamboo is the answer to everything your heart desires. And we are flexible in how we work to help you overcome any challenge in realising the vision that lies within you.

Nothing beats seeing it in person. Drop by sometime.

We are local and look forward to welcoming you at 13 Erith Street in Botany, Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm or on Saturday between 9am and 1pm.

The Rise of Biomaterials

The fashion industry, one of the most polluting industries in the world, is slowly adopting sustainable practices starting with the use of biomaterials. Bio-based innovative materials developed by niche companies like Pyratex and Allbirds are now being used by retail giants such as Reebok, Timberland, Adidas and Hermes.

Those plant-based alternatives have an unfair advantage over their man-made counterparts: they can sequester CO2 instead of emitting it. But in the race to reduce carbon emissions, fashion is far from being the worst culprit. Building materials and construction account for 11% of greenhouse gas emissions and just three materials  – concrete, steel, and aluminum – are responsible for 23% of total global emissions.

If there is one industry that needs systemic change to curb climate change it is the building industry, and re-evaluating the materials traditionally used in buildings is one of the most critical steps.

This means thinking beyond wood, which Mina Hasman (sustainability lead at HOM) described as “yesterday’s material”. Here are four natural materials that have the credentials to become mainstream architecture and design solutions in the next decade.

Hempcrete

HempCrete house in Witchcliffe

Hempcrete or hemplime is a biocomposite material made from a mixture of hemp hurds (shives) and lime (from limestone), sand, or pozzolans, which is used as a material for construction and insulation. It is not as brittle as concrete so less prone to cracks and suitable for earthquake areas while being seven times lighter than concrete. It is ready to harvest in 14 weeks and can grow in any climate and soil condition making it an excellent solution to reclaim unusable land and rejuvenate poor soils. Each tonne of hemp cellulose produced absorbs up to 2 tonnes of carbon dioxide making it a valuable carbon sink. It is worth noting that hemp walls are not loadbearing but their acoustic and insulation credentials make it a sustainable option for non structural walls.

Pictured: Sativa Sanctuary – HempCrete house in Witchcliffe, WA

Bamboo Timber

Far from its original tubular shape, bamboo can now be engineered into timber-like products that outperform most hardwoods. With the tensile strength of steel and the compression strength of concrete, bamboo is a durable and sustainable alternative to timber. Contrary to most trees that require 20 to 30 years to mature, bamboo is ready to harvest in 5 to 7 years and produces 35% more oxygen and stores up to 4 times more carbon than trees. Because bamboo is technically a grass, it is not currently recognised as a solution for load bearing applications but everything cosmetic you need in timber can be made in bamboo, from cladding and flooring to fencing and shading.

Pictured: CityLife Shopping District by Zaha Hadid Architects in Milan – Engineered bamboo ceiling

Rattan

Rattan has been a staple of interior design for decades but its sustainable credentials are often overlooked. Rattan is a naturally renewable palm that grows in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Australasia. The most unusual thing about rattan is the fact that it grows on other trees. It creeps up surrounding trees in order to reach the light. Not only does rattan need trees to grow, it cannot grow in monocultures, which means rattan production contributes to preserve biodiversity.

Pictured: Wicker Membranes by Andrea von Chrismar

Palm Timber

On the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexican architects RED Arquitectos built a screen wrapped house made almost entirely out of wood from surrounding coconut trees. Despite being naturally abundant in the area, palm timber is very rarely used for housing. Although Mexico is one of the world’s top coconut tree growing countries, the material is not available industrially and can only be sourced through artisans. Similarly to bamboo timber and hempcrete, palm timber is not (yet) suitable for loadbearing applications but using it for standalone structures such as fencing and screening alleviates the pressure put on global timber production.

“I believe that in the next couple of years, many brands won’t be able to keep using the materials they are using at the moment because there will be way more legislation,” says Regina Polanco, founder of bio-based textile manufacturer Pyratex. Regulations coupled with growing pressure from customers means specifiers have to make the switch sooner rather than later in order to familiarise themselves with the mainstream materials of tomorrow.

Biomaterials are a no brainer when it comes to construction: they reduce the overall carbon footprint, optimise the use of existing resources, restore biodiversity and enhance carbon sequestration. When these biomaterials become part of mainstream commercial use, it promises to dramatically change the image and most importantly, the impact of the built environment.

Sources:

https://architecture2030.org/why-the-building-sector/

https://www.dezeen.com/2021/12/28/biomaterials-review-2021/

https://www.dezeen.com/2022/03/08/red-arquitectos-casa-numa-coconut-palm-wood-architecture-mexico/

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