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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

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.

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.

Take A Video Tour Of Our Brand New Showroom

After a year of lockdowns and hard work, we are finally ready to welcome you in our transformed showroom.

13 Erith Street has been House of Bamboo’s headquarters since 1972 and thanks to Jennifer Snyders’ vision and architecture expertise it is now ushering the brand into a new era, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Follow Jennifer on a journey through our showroom and down memory lane where you’ll discover why bamboo is a sustainable alternative to timber and what you can achieve with this incredible material.

Watch the video here.

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If you would like to experience the showroom for yourself, we 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 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/

Celebrating Earth Day 2022 – Invest in our planet

Today is Earth Day 2022. The theme this year is Invest in Our Planet.

At House of Bamboo we’ve been doing exactly that since 1972. It was the day we first started investing in our planet’s most incredible and amazing plant – bamboo.

Bamboo gives back to the earth more than it takes. So bamboo invests in the planet too. When it puts down its shoots into the ground, it begins right away producing 35% more oxygen than trees, storing 4 times more carbon. It takes virtually no pesticides or fertilisers to grow and it draws very little water. Its hearty root system prevents soil erosion. Because bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth, it is ready for harvesting in as little as 3 years. Unlike trees that can take up to 20-30 years to reach maturity using up many of the Earth’s precious resources as they grow. When you harvest bamboo you do not need to replant it, as it simply grows back again from the same root system. Bamboo is never clear felled like timber so the bamboo forest is always there.

Because bamboo is so light, it can be harvested by hand and transported by simple, environmentally conscious means such by cart or even on horseback. No large, diesel fume spewing trucks or tractors are involved in the harvest of bamboo so it cares for the earth even more.

You can do your share of investing in our planet by choosing bamboo for your next project. Whether it’s something as simple as replacing or updating a fence at home, putting in a feature wall, new flooring or building a deck, you can choose bamboo for every one of these projects. And now, more than ever, you can use bamboo in construction projects as well. 

 

In fact today, almost anything you can make out of timber, can be made out of bamboo. It is lighter with greater tensile strength than steel. And it brings not just natural beauty but strength and style to any home or commercial building.

 

Invest in your home – planet! The Earth. Invest in bamboo and the earth will thank you, not just today, but forever.

 

Photographer: Justus Menke, Chuttersnap

 

50 & Beyond – Event Photos

In February this year, House of Bamboo turned 50. From humble roots back in 1972, the company has grown into one of the most innovative and sustainable player in the industry guided by the leadership and expertise of Jennifer Snyders. To celebrate, we invited friends, colleagues, loyal clients and like-minded professionals to visit our transformed showroom in Botany and embark on a sensory journey through space and time.

We would like to thank everyone who joined us for this unique event, from clients who have trusted us for decades and original staff members from the 80s to the architects and designers who visited our showroom for the first time. We feel privileged to have such a supportive network and truly believe the best is yet to come.

If you would like to experience our showroom for yourself, we 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.

Photographer: My Eye Photography

Style Guide – Timber Slats

Functional, elegant and sustainable, timber slats tick all the boxes of a popular cladding, fencing and screening solution.

Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, slatted screens and individual battens are being used on walls, ceilings, doors, fences and screens by influential architects and designers.

Find inspiration with these four beautiful designs by female Australian architects and designers and contact us about using bamboo timber slats and slatted screens in your projects.

Peacock Street – Brave New Eco

For this extensive renovation in Brunswick West, Brave New Eco made the kitchen the focal point of the home thanks to a mix of bright colours and timber slats that add texture and warmth.

Recreate this style with our SeaChange Series® of bamboo timber slats.

San Francisco Home – Klopf Architecture

This modern home was reconfigured to create an open-concept living space that faces onto the backyard, highlighted by an architectural cladding feature on the ceiling.

Browse our slatted cladding solutions here.

The Mod and The Rocker – Rogan Nash

Our favourite feature in this project is the creative use of mismatched timber battens to create a dynamic pool fence.

Get creative with our SeaChange® Series of modern bamboo battens.

Riverlee Meeting Suite – Studio Tate

For this project in Melbourne, Studio Tate used slatted timber cladding and natural tones to create an interconnected yet soundproof environment that fosters collaboration.

Recreate this style with our Symphony Series of bamboo timber cladding.

To find out more about bamboo timber slats and slatted cladding, get in touch with House of Bamboo® Design Consultants here

Innovating With Natural Materials – 4 Women To Watch

Natural materials have been around for centuries. Hemp was found in French ruins dating back to the 6th century, bamboo has been used as a building material in China for 7,000 years while thatch has been used on roofs since as early as 5000 BC.

Today, faced with the limits of the linear economy (take, make, waste) and alarming facts about the amount of waste the construction industry produces (40% of all global waste), Architects and Designers are going back to natural materials in an effort to switch to a circular economy (take, make, reuse).

Four women are breaking the mold and crafting mind blowing creations with some of the oldest materials in the world: bamboo and rattan.

Elora Hardy – Bali

Bamboo is a family passion in the Hardy family. John Hardy is the creator of The Green Village and the Green School in Bali and his children Elora and Orin have each built on their father’s passion and created their own businesses: Ibuku for Elora and Bamboo U for Orin.

Ibuku’s mission is to innovate with natural materials to connect people with nature. The extraordinary buildings they craft almost exclusively out of bamboo are designed to wonder. With her team of Architects and Designers, Elora keeps exploring groundbreaking ways to use bamboo as a building material for houses, bridges, auditoriums, schools, hotels and more.

“Bamboo might not be for everyone, but there’s enough bamboo for everyone”.

Yasmeen Lari – Pakistan

Yasmeen Lari was the first Pakistani female architect. She rose to fame in the 80s with a series of prestigious state commissions before distancing herself from the industry in the early 2000 to focus on writing. But in 2005, a devastating earthquake killed 80,000 Pakistanis and displaced 400,000 families. Determined to help, she tirelessly taught locals how to rebuild their homes using mud, stone and wood, convinced that giving them something to do would also help them recover from the trauma.

She then started developing low cost, low waste, earthquake resistant structures using cross-braced bamboo frameworks and teaching local communities how to build them. Her prototypes were tested at the University of Karachi and found to be capable of withstanding an earthquake more than six times the strength of the 1995 Kobe disaster. She was awarded the prestigious Jane Drew Prize in 2020 as recognition of her trailblazing humanitarian work.

‘It’s not only the right of the elite to have good design”

Aurelie Hoegy – France & Mexico

Aurelie Hoegy is fascinated with movement and sustainable materials. Working from her Parisian atelier, she travels between Bali and Mexico to learn from rattan masters and collaborate on projects. Her latest project, Wild Fibres, is a range of meticulously crafted and sculptural furniture that celebrates the fluidity of rattan.

“Rattan is probably one of the most amazing materials I’ve worked with so far. It’s exceptionally flexible, soft, and extremely rigid when attached to each other. Rattan is definitely alive.”

Jennifer Snyders – Australia

Jennifer’s father, Mark, started importing bamboo products to Australia in 1972. After studying architecture, Jennifer realised bamboo’s untapped potential was a game changer for the building industry. She joined the business and developed it into the trailblazing brand it is today. 

As CEO, she continues to push the boundaries of what bamboo can do, cementing House of Bamboo® as the key player in the industry. She champions the principles of a circular economy and campaigns to make bamboo the new timber. She is passionate about creating an agricultural and manufacturing bamboo industry in Australia and founded The Bamboo Choice, an agronomy and product consulting business to further this aim.

“By choosing bamboo, you are helping support sustainable construction practices, preserve our environment and improve biodiversity. In a time where our decisions and actions matter more than ever, House of Bamboo®’s mission is to facilitate this choice by providing elegant and sustainable design solutions.” 

At a time where the impact of our design decisions matters more than ever, female architects and designers around the world are leading the way in using natural materials in unusual and innovative ways. All we need for this shift to have the impact it deserves, is for the industry to embrace natural materials as legitimate building solutions.

To find out how to incorporate more natural materials in your designs, get in touch with House of Bamboo® Design Consultants here

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