Haute Bamboo by Bo Reudler and Olav Bruin


Milan 2010: Amsterdam designer Bo Reudler and architect Olav Bruin will present a collection of furniture made of bamboo stalks in Milan next month.

Called Haute Bamboo, the range will include a chair, table, and mirror finished in black linseed paint, plus a candle holder coated in copper.

A rare mutation causes the bamboo stalks to grow with bobbles along their length, making each piece unique and giving the appearance of turned components.

The project will be on show 14-19 April at an exhibition of Dutch green design called Tuttobene in Zona Tortona.

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More about Bo Reudler on Dezeen:

Slow White series (March 2009)
More pieces in Slow White series (October 2009)

Photographs are by Bo Reudler Studio.

The following information is from Reudler:

Bo Reudler launches Haute Bamboo series during Fuori Salone Milan. For the Haute Bamboo series Dutch designer Bo Reudler joined forces with bamboo-architect Olav Bruin.

Haute Bamboo picks up where the Slow White series by Bo Reudler Studio left off: it continues the quest to renew our connection with nature, guided by natural forms in an intuitive way. While bamboo is among our fastest renewable resources, it’s often considered a poor man's timber.

With this series, we wanted to re-examine the aesthetics of bamboo furniture. The bulging forms give personality to each piece which will always be different due to the randomness of each stalk. The curves of 'Bambusa Ventricosa' are caused by a rare mutation in the bamboo producing strikingly bulbous stalks.

A coating of glossy black linseed-oil paint references eastern lacquered furniture, binding the origin of the material with its outcome. All products are hand made.

Bo Reudler Studio is a product and interior design studio led by Bo Reudler, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Bo graduated from the ArtEZ Academy of Art and Design and is also co-founder of Asylum Collection. The work of the studio aims to charge objects with imagination and meaning, working as storytellers through matter, experimenting with materials, following their hidden qualities to bring out their natural beauty.

Olav Bruin is currently an architect at leading Dutch architectural practice 24H. His thinking explores architecture as a sensitive organism in the landscape, focusing on local materials and respecting natural conditions. For the Haute Bamboo series, Olav brings his experience from working as a bamboo-architect in Thailand for the children's play den at the Soneva Kiri resort, where the amorphous structure was constructed entirely out of bamboo and rattan by local craftsmen.

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  • Darren Norris

    Love the Concept! – Loathe the Collection!!

  • heyo

    Nl design is making circles

  • INawe

    yikes. personally i think the result is quite ugly. the arbitrary skewed legs feel awkward.

  • Rikard

    it all seems leaden and thick. lacking the whimsy it obviously aims for. collapsing under its own weight.

  • Simple designs with a Beautiful concept. Loved it..

  • sc hu yl er

    This is what you get when theater kids try to be designers.

  • Looks haunting!

  • rek

    How rare is this mutated bamboo?

  • Pretty cool. Not very Practical. Perhaps Tim Burton might buy some of these pieces?

  • Love the intent : modesty… in a word of appearance ! Thank you very much

  • What ‘rare mutation’? It is called the Buddha’s Belly Bamboo.

  • Kinda ugly–but keep pluggin’ kids!

  • Ah, Dutch Design.

  • marl karx

    isn’t this stuff over yet? sheesh when will these dutch kids learn how to design and not just make up all these fluffy stories?

  • yes

    WOW.. genius!

  • HMS


  • designgurunyc

    Dutch design. I am really tired now. I would love to walk into a house that has collected this stuff over the last few years. Can you imagine? It would look like something from a nursery rhyme. Hopefully the owners would be wearing clogs and singing and dancing to finish the picture off!
    OK everyone, here it is. This stuff is theatre design. Its time to kiss it goodbye as art or as something to live with! We (unfortunately) live in a time with far too many graduates with a greater desire to be noticed than to design from the heart.

  • sir lance-o-lot

    mind clutter & whimsical has-beens

  • vdelfrate

    This is a reach. I love bambusa ventricosa, and I like the finish, but the awkward bends are a bit indulgent.

  • ha! I first thougt is was turned on a lathe…til I found out on a closer look that it is made from bamboo…a real thrill…the forms a very classical…thit fact is disputable…