A homage to bamboo – twenties style today
Here at Futon Company we love historical references, so when we came across an article by @indiaknight in The Sunday Times Magazine (January 19) we were beyond excited. This decade, she explains, isn’t like the Roaring Twenties. Beards, house plants, veganism – we’re all living like 1970s hippies. She continues, it started with house plants, which had mysteriously fallen so out of favour to have become cultural signifiers, before being rescued by millennials who, in the absence of home ownership and gardens, were keen to turn their indoor spaces green… Sometimes the plants are even in macramé hangers… It’s not just plants. The 1970s theme in interiors is pervasive. There’s the revival of rattan, of natural materials such as wood and linen, of homemade things, the wonkier the better… The spirit of the 1970s is everywhere… everything has loosened up, inside people’s houses and outside in their nature friendly gardens… self-sustainability, veganism, denim, hoop earrings, a revival in interest in French food, home fermented drinks like kefir, a boom in crafts such as knitting and ceramics, fondue sets…
Futon Company says: We love India’s view of the (not so) Twenty Twenties and how our new decade harks back to all things 70s. Here at Futon Company we’ve always had a passion for sustainable and natural materials, not least bamboo, which looks amazing and is a fabulously modern materials which has a 70s look and feel to it too. In case you need persuading about the merits of bamboo, we’ve found this fab blog 10 Things Nobody Tells You About Bamboo – Gardenista
If you haven’t got time to read it all, here’s a summary of exactly why bamboo rocks (don’t just take our word for it – the proof’s in the blog!)
• It’s a grass not a tree so it grows lightning fast – this makes it a major renewable and sustainable crop.
• It’s super strong – stronger than steel, in fact! In Hong Kong, for example, workers use bamboo in place of traditional scaffolding.
• Bamboo produces 35% more oxygen than trees, plus it consumes more carbon dioxide than any other plant. It therefore could play an important role in forest and landscape restoration.
• It’s extremely good at removing metals and other toxic substances from water and soil. It is also superior at preventing soil erosion and flooding due to its complex network of roots.
• It can be used as food. The shoots are eaten in Asian, and Chinese Ayurvedic medicine believe that the germanium contained in bamboo activates your immune system.
• Some bamboo varieties can tolerate freezing winter temperature.
• It’s versatile.