Commissioned in 2006
Bamboo is merely grass, but it varies in height from dwarf, one foot (30 cm) plants to giant timber bamboos that can grow to over 100 feet (30 m). It grows in many different climates, from jungles to high on mountainsides. Bamboos are further classified by the … types of roots they have. Some, called runners, spread exuberantly, and others are classified as clumpers, which slowly expand from the original planting. There are also varieties of root systems that are a mixture of these types. Generally, the tropical bamboos tend to be clumpers and the temperate bamboos tend to be runners.
Bamboo is both decorative and useful. In many parts of the world it is food, fodder and the primary material for a great variety of useful objects: building construction, kitchen tools, fine furniture, musical instruments, paper and dinnerware.
BambooÃs recent popularity as a material of choice for cabinet doors and drawer fronts is due to a number of factors. Many appreciate the range of colors ranging from toasted brown to a light blond. Some prefer when it gets milled to enhance the growth rings, others appreciate the tighter grain appearance of the edge grain. The linear pattern, in conjunction with the variegated color is current, sophisticated, and calming to most. The 1-1/2" end grain material is a stunning option for islands, cutting boards and countertops. Once sealed, a quick, astoundingly occasional, application of oil revitalizes its complex beauty. Bamboo is beautiful and as a fast growing grass the obvious sustainable qualities are valued by the increasing enlightened among us.
This compact bamboo kitchen was developed in 2006. The design was driven by my clientÃs desire to open up the available space, maximize storage access and to vastly improve the work flow. I designed a scheme that features deep, voluminous dovetailed maple drawers that extend beyond total depth for storage that is easily accessed behind each lower door. The horizontal aspect of the bamboo draws out the space and the tiered upper cabinets which are lit from above and below add a dimension of height. The cabinetry is finished inside and out with a durable clear satin lacquer. The raised counter of end grain bamboo butcher block is sealed with shellac and finished with multiple coats of tung oil/varnish and is supported by a truncated, bisected bamboo cone.
Commissioned in 2006