Japanese Inspired Stoneware

H&M has released a series of Japanese inspired stoneware that includes jars and pots. On the US site it seems most of the them are either sold out or so new that a purchasing is not an option yet.

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And in the same earthy tones, these bamboo trays and baskets are nice basic accessories for the kitchen or bathroom. Stylish storage for hand towels, soaps or food!

Eight eye-catching homes made from bamboo

Architects around the world are capitalising on the versatility of bamboo, so we’ve selected eight of the best homes that incorporate the material, including a prefabricated social housing project in Mexico and a holiday home on stilts in Sri Lanka. Social Housing Production, Mexico, by Comunal Taller de Arquitectura  Mexico City studio Comunal Taller de Arquitectura produced

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Foster + Partners unveils Apple Store in Macau with translucent stone walls and bamboo

Tall shoots of bamboo rise through the central atrium of a new Apple Store completed by Foster + Partners in Macau, China. Set in a plaza surrounded by dense thickets of bamboo, the cuboidal Apple Centre Cotai glows from within, thanks to an innovative facade made from a composite of glass and stone. Five layers of of glass

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Studio8 looks to the landscape of eastern China for the design of Anadu Resort hotel

Studio8 referenced tea leaves and bamboo cane throughout the design of this hotel near Hangzhou, China, to keep guests’ attention on the surrounding rural terrain. Anadu Resort is near the city of Huzhou, nestled at the bottom of Mogan mountain. The mountain forms part of Moganshan National Park, a popular tourist destination recognised for its lush

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Gridded bamboo framework partitions Beijing office by 0 Architecture

Chinese studio 0 Architecture has converted a traditional courtyard house in Beijing into an office with spaces divided up by screens made from thousands of bamboo poles. Located in the Chinese capital’s Xicheng District, the building is typical of the traditional Siheyuan properties found throughout this neighbourhood. Siheyuan houses feature a series of connected buildings

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Vilela Florez designs Bamboo House with herringbone exterior in rural Brazil

Bamboo slats are laid diagonally between the dark vertical ribs of this residence in Brazil, by architecture firm Vilela Florez. Bamboo House is a single-storey home that spans 1,938 square feet (180 square metres), with just the bedrooms and bathrooms fully enclosed and protected from the elements. The residence was designed by Vilela Florez in

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Zowa Architects combines bamboo and glass for The Kumoan hotel in the Himalayas

Sri Lankan practice Zowa Architects has used bamboo canes to shroud the glazed walls of this boutique hotel in Uttarakhand, India, which cantilevers out to give optimal views of the Himalayas. The hotel is situated in the village of Kasar Devi, taking its name from the surrounding region of Kumaon which is known for its picturesque

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Bamboo social housing in rural Mexico can be built by residents in a week

Mexico City studio Comunal Taller de Arquitectura has completed a prototype for social housing in a mountain town, using a prefabricated bamboo frame that residents can use to replicate the structure in just seven days. Comunal Taller de Arquitectura, which translates to Communal Architecture Workshop, completed the residence in Cuetzalan del Progreso – a town

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V Studio’s Rooftop Bamboo Garden

Located on the roof of a huge shopping mall in China, architect’s firm V studio designed a Chinese bamboo garden that creates a place of serenity and calmness amid the noisy surroundings.
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Vo Trong Nghia fronts slim house in Ho Chi Minh City with huge bamboo-filled planters

Bamboo plants grow up the front of this slender house in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, which Vo Trong Nghia Architects has covered in huge, grooved concrete planters. Called Bamboo House, the residence forms part of Vo Trong Nghia Architect’s (VTN) House for Trees series, which aims to reinstate tropical green space into Vietnam’s cities as they densify by covering new residences with

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Baca Architects bases treehouse hotel for Panama eco resort on a cocoa pod

London practice Baca Architects has designed a cocoa pod-shaped treehouse for an eco hotel located on a secluded Panama island, which is accessible only by boat. Baca Architects founder Richard Coutts was asked to design the treehouse as well as a larger residence for the Bíku Treehouse Retreat on the Bocas del Toro archipelago. The chain of islands in the Caribbean

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Arching bamboo trusses are left exposed in Chiang Mai sports hall to create a “feast to the eye”

Chiangmai Life Architects and Construction modelled the segmented and undulating roof of this bamboo sports hall at a school in Chiang Mai in Thailand on the petals of a lotus flower. Local bamboo specialists Chiangmai Life Architects and Construction designed the Bamboo Sports Hall for the Panyaden International School, which educates primary school-aged children using buddhist principles. Located among rice fields, a 15

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Students “reinvigorate” traditional bamboo weaving with digital technologies for Sun Room pavilion

Architecture students from the University of Hong Kong created this woven bamboo shelter for farmers in China’s Fujian province by combining age-old weaving techniques with digital design methodologies. Due to its complexity and reliance on skilled labour, the art of bamboo weaving is in steep decline in the region. Students from the University of Hong Kong (HKU)

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IKEA’s renewable shelving system, Svalnäs

Currently at home we have become more and more concerned about the environment. I should stop here and make sure you know I am no poster child for being eco friendly! Sometimes we use plastic bottles and sometimes we buy unnecessary things and sometimes we create too much waster. However! The environment and our impact on it has moved more and more to the forefront of our mind and it slowly changing the way to make decisions. Recently I purchased a set of glass water bottles for us to reuse. They are very similar in the to the plastic disposable versions we used to drink from but now we simply wash and refill.
This has also become a dialogue we involve the kids in. Talking often about how we can do more with less and consider the impact of our choices is really good for all of us, no matter our age.


And so, we gladly welcome IKEA’s Svalnäs shelving into our home, which is made from renewable bamboo. It’s not going to single handedly save the planet but it is a step in the right direction to put our efforts and support towards material that can be easily replenished. The system is composed of shelf components of various widths and depths, a desk and drawer with recessed dividers. The entire unit is very light weight and best of all, fully cusotmizable. The tracks the shelves hang from come in differing lengths so each section can be customized vertically and horizontally.

At home this storage system is used to hold overflow kitchen items, books and a paper lamp Storuman, also from IKEA. I chose low profile shelves with a shallow depth because our funny angled wall leads into the living room and I didn’t want to obstruct the view. These can easily accommodate a single vertical sets of shelves or continue on across a very wide wall. It’s also nice to add some warmth from this Svalnäs unit to our monochrome kitchen via this adjacent wall.


*this post was created in partnership with IKEA, all words, views and photos are my own!

Easy bathroom accessories

Natural materials like wood and stone work so well in the bathroom, creating a look and feel that mimics that of a spa. H&M has made it simple to achieve this look with faux-stone counter accessories and mirror for your bathroom but you can also add a wooden bathmat and knitted towels from Iris Hantverk as well as bamboo toothbrushes. Create the look for yourself with some of the items below!

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Budi Pradono combines contemporary and traditional building methods for house in Bali

Bamboo construction is used to create a complex roof incorporating four chimney-like skylights at this house in the Balinese village of Kelating, designed by Indonesian architect Budi Pradono. Budi Pradono Architects designed the Casablancka house for a site that slopes down towards a river and already accommodated a small Javanese-style property. The studio developed the building’s

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Latticed-bamboo bridge by Mimesis Architecture Studio references Jiangsu’s craft traditions

Mimesis Architecture Studio designed this bamboo-lined bridge in China’s Jiangsu Province to celebrate the region’s ancient craft industries. The Wuxi Harbour Bridge takes a slightly curving course across Lake Taihu in Dingshu Town, stretching almost 100 metres across the water to provide a crossing for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. The bridge’s steel structure forms a series of triangular frames that are lined with

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Toshiko Mori uses compressed earth and bamboo for cultural hub in remote Senegalese village

This cultural centre in Senegal by Japanese architect Toshiko Mori was constructed using exclusively local materials and techniques – and has been recognised in the architecture category of the 2017 AIA Awards. Located in the remote village of Sinthian, the building performs several programmatic roles for the local community, including as a gathering space, performance centre and residency for

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Flooring ideas from bamboo to pastellone

Old parquet flooring on one side, pastel long flooring on the other.We are planning a small flooring change at home this month, a fun collaborative project that will change the look of our bedroom and I’m excited to see how it turns out. Our pale, whit…

Li Hao uses mirrored glass and bamboo for reflective pavilion in southern China

Architect Li Hao has clad this bamboo and wood pavilion in mirrored glass to reflect the historic town in southern China that it faces. Beijing-based Li Hao designed and built the pavilion for a spot on the north bank of the Longxi River that runs past the old town of Longli in southeast Guizhouthe. The wall facing the town mimics

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Students erect arching bamboo events pavilion in Hong Kong

Bent bamboo poles and translucent fabric make up this curving events pavilion in Hong Kong, designed and built by architecture students. The ZCB Bamboo Pavilion was designed to host a series of events, exhibitions and performances that promote low-carbon living and construction. The pavilion accompanies a zero-carbon building occupied by the Construction Industry Council in Kowloon Bay, to the north

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Studio Mumbai presents MPavilion 2016 built using seven kilometres of bamboo

Studio Mumbai founder Bijoy Jain has unveiled his completed MPavilion in Melbourne – a square structure built from bamboo and wood, but not the cow dung originally planned (+ slideshow). The Indian architect used seven kilometres of bamboo, 50 tonnes of stone and 26 kilometres of rope to create this year’s MPavilion, an annual commission billed as Australia’s answer to More

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Bamboo Monkey

There’s a thin line between being a hypocrite and a caring person, a line more blurry than ever in this day and age, a line I struggled so hard to draw and figure out where I stand around it. Sadly I’ve never been an activist, it’s an extremely hard lifestyle and requires dedication I’m too selfish for, but it never means I’m ignorant. I give to charities, I help people and care about animals, I love nature and try to make conscious choices to protect and preserve it. Again, I’m not perfect and I’m pretty sure %80 of my purchasing decisions are wrong ones, but I try to do better everyday and that’s how my bamboo journey has started. First I started buying bamboo sheets, then tees and socks, and now I’m introduced to Bamboo Monkey, an Australian fashion brand born out of a desire to produce ethically sourced, long-lasting clothing that combines chic and comfort. For whatever reason I always thought of cotton as the Eco-friendly weapon of choice but thanks to Edwina, founder …

Vo Trong Nghia uses bamboo ladders to build pavilion at Sydney’s SCAF gallery

Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia is continuing his bid to make bamboo “the green steel of the 21st century” with this gridded pavilion at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in Sydney (+ slideshow). Vo Trong Nghia Architects used treated bamboo rods and plant-filled baskets to create the structure as the 2016 edition of SCAF’s annual pavilion series, Fugitive Structures. The More

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Studio Mumbai to use bamboo and cow dung to build third MPavilion in Melbourne

Studio Mumbai founder Bijoy Jain has revealed his design for this year’s MPavilion, billed to become the largest bamboo structure ever built in Australia (+ movie). The Indian architect plans to use bamboo, earth, stone, rope and manure for the 2016 edition of the MPavilion, an annual commission touted as Australia’s answer to London’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. His 12-metre-high structure will feature a More

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Shakespearean-style wooden theatre by Studio Andrew Todd opens in France

Towering bamboo poles encase this cylindrical wooden theatre in France, which opened in a fanfare last week, despite suffering vandalism just a few days before (+ slideshow). Designed Paris-based British office Studio Andrew Todd, the Elizabethan theatre is located in the grounds of the historical castle Chateau d’Hardelot near Calais, northern France. Described by the architects as an “incarnation of More

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Five Line Projects builds London pavilion filled with spinning propellers

London Festival of Architecture 2016: stainless steel rods support a tactile system of spinning bamboo pinwheels inside this east London pavilion by design studio Five Line Projects (+ slideshow). Called The Energy Pavilion, the temporary structure is this year’s edition of the Triumph Pavilion – an annual project run by competition organiser ArchiTriumph – and is located at the V&A Museum of Childhood More

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Meditating twice a day keeps staff at Vo Trong Nghia Architects focused, claims founder

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia has revealed that he makes his staff meditate every day to help them “resist cravings and improve concentration”. The Vo Trong Nghia Architects founder – who has earned a reputation as a pioneer in bamboo structures – claims that meditation is a key factor in keeping his More

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Vo Trong Nghia creates bamboo and thatch domes for Diamond Island Community Centre

Vietnamese studio Vo Trong Nghia Architects has built a community centre of eight pavilions, each with intricate bamboo structures and thatched rooftops (+ slideshow). Located on a Saigon River peninsula in the east of Ho Chi Minh City, the Diamond Island Community Centre provides a series of large and small spaces that can be used by local […]

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Bamboo playhouse by Eleena Jamil built on a lake island in Kuala Lumpur’s botanical gardens

Malaysian architect Eleena Jamil has built a bamboo pavilion in Kuala Lumpur’s botanical gardens, featuring tree-like columns and a floor made up of 31 elevated platforms (+ slideshow). Eleena Jamil – whose past projects include a house a with horse shoe-shaped courtyard – designed The Bamboo Playhouse for the Perdana Botanical Gardens, a 92-hectare park in the centre of the city. The structure is based on […]

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Jun Sekino replaces earthquake-damaged school in Thailand with stilted classrooms

Bangkok-based architect Jun Sekino designed these elevated classrooms in northern Thailand in response to a severe earthquake, which destroyed the school’s original building (+ slideshow). The earthquake struck Chiang Rai Province in May 2014, ruining 73 schools and leaving over 2,000 students without classrooms. A programme was set up by charity Design for Disasters (D4D) to build nine […]

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Penda unveils vision for bamboo city made from interlocking modular components

Architecture studio Penda has unveiled new CGI renderings detailing its vision for a city of 200,000 people that would be creating using an innovative modular bamboo structure. Penda, a Beijing- and Vienna-based studio, believes its design for structures built from interlocking horizontal and vertical bamboo rods could be used to sustainably build the infrastructure of an […]

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Thatched “umbrella-like” roof tops bamboo community centre by Vo Trong Nghia

A thatched roof shaped like a giant parasol shelters this bamboo community centre by Vo Trong Nghia, which is built over a pond in a south Vietnam village (+ slideshow). Located in Sen, a village 10 miles outside Ho Chi Minh City, the Sen Village Community Centre is elevated on a circular podium above the pond of a 48-hectare park. Vietnamese firm Vo […]

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Vo Trong Nghia adds bamboo restaurant and beach bar to spa resort in Vietnam

Vo Trong Nghia Architects has added three bamboo buildings with thatched roofs to the Naman Retreat in Vietnam, including a restaurant filled with huge trumpet-shaped columns (+ slideshow). The spa resort is being built across a 3.5-hectare site on the coastline between the city of Da Nang and the historic town of Hoi An. Many facilties have already […]

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Penda’s bamboo pavilion could be expanded to create homes for 200,000 people

Architecture studio Penda has created a rope-bound bamboo pavilion as a mock up of a modular housing system developed to provide sustainable housing schemes for populations of up to 200,000 (+ slideshow). Penda, whose first ever project was a proposal for a sculptural bamboo entrance to a flower garden in China, first unveiled its concept for a modular hotel […]

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Vo Trong Nghia plans trio of towers covered in bamboo plants and linked by bridges

Vietnamese studio Vo Trong Nghia Architects has unveiled plans for a trio of housing towers in Ho Chi Minh City linked by aerial bridges and shielded from the harsh tropical sunlight by swathes of bamboo (+ slideshow). The three 22-storey-tall blocks will be linked by a planted roof garden and bridges, and a series of small pavilions that overlook […]

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Casa Rana is a colourful foster home in India for HIV-positive children

A bamboo screen surrounds the five colourful volumes that make up this foster home for 15 HIV-positive children in a village in India (+ slideshow). Named Casa Rana, the project is the result of a partnership between Italian non-profit architecture studio Made in Earth and Indian children’s charity Terre des Hommes Core Trust. The foster home is […]

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Budi Pradono Architects’ bamboo house mimics the shapes of nearby buildings and mountains

This house for two retired lecturers in the Indonesian city of Salatiga was designed with multiple bamboo funnels on its roof to echo the area’s mountainous topography (+ slideshow). Indonesian studio Budi Pradono Architects designed the house for a retired couple and their extended family in Salatiga, a small city on the island of Java. The […]

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Prototype shelter for Nepal earthquake victims could be built by unskilled workers in three days

A team of architects used metal sheets and bamboo to build this prototype shelter for victims of the Nepal earthquake, and have also produced a manual so that the design can be replicated by others. Hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless by the earthquake that struck Nepal in April this year, prompting architects […]

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Cam Thanh Community House in Vietnam features thatched roofing and secluded courtyards

This Vietnam community centre by architecture studio 1+2>3 features bamboo roofs thatched with coconut leaves, which pitch inwards to direct rainwater towards a series of planted courtyards (+ slideshow). The Hanoi-based practice built the community centre in Cam Thanh, an area to the south-east of Hoi An – an old trading port on the South China Sea. Hoi An has a UNESCO-protected city centre and a picturesque […]

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Treetop holiday home by Narein Perera stands between a rubber plantation and a jungle

Raised up by a framework of slender steel supports, this wooden holiday home offers a unique vantage point over a Sri Lankan rubber plantation and the jungle beyond (+ slideshow). Named Estate Bungalow, the building was designed by local architect Narein Perera to function as both a viewing platform over the client’s 17-hectare estate and a short-term […]

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Beijing skyline morphs into a mountain range across the roof of China’s Expo pavilion

Milan Expo 2015: over 1,000 bamboo panels clad the roof of China’s Milan Expo pavilion, which features an elaborate structure that merges the profile of the Beijing skyline with a mountain landscape (+ slideshow). Named Land of Hope, the pavilion was designed by New York-based Studio Link-Arc and a team from Tsinghua University in Beijing. The aim was […]

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Wise Architecture erects bamboo temple on South Korean coast for victims of a ferry disaster

Each of the 304 ribs of bamboo that make up this Buddhist temple represent a victim killed when a ferry sank off the coast of South Korea – a disaster for which the captain has today been convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison (+ slideshow). The prayer hall is dedicated to victims […]

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Bamboo-framed canopy shades Kolkata community centre by Schilder Scholte

A corrugated steel roof supported by bamboo columns provides shelter for three buildings, a bicycle workshop and a playground at this community centre in India (+ slideshow). Rotterdam-based Schilder Scholte Architecten was commissioned by non-profit organisation Pani to build the Pani Community Centre in Rajarhat, a new town to the north-east of Bengal city Kolkata – formerly Calcutta. Related story: […]
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Toigetation by H&P Architects is a bamboo toilet block covered in plants

A bamboo framework filled with plants surrounds the brick core of this sanitation facility designed by H&P Architects for a school in rural Vietnam (+ slideshow). Containing a toilet and washing area, the building was developed for a school in the Son Lap Commune of the northern Cao Bang Province, where the majority of inhabitants live in […]
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Low-cost house by Enrique Mora Alvarado built using rainforest wood and bamboo

More than 900 bamboo poles were used to construct this home, designed by architect Enrique Mora Alvarado for a site in a remote Ecuadorian rainforest (+ slideshow). Casa Convento is situated on a plot surrounded by mountains, a small creek and a bamboo forest. Related story: Teak and bamboo structures accommodate Burmese refugees in a Thai village Recognising […]
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Vo Trong Nghia’s Son La Restaurant hides a “bamboo forest” behind stone pavilions

World Architecture Festival 2014: clustered lengths of bamboo create a forest of columns in the open-air dining room of this Vietnam restaurant by Vo Trong Nghia Architects (+ slideshow). The Son La Restaurant, which was won the hotel and leisure category at the World Architecture Festival earlier this month, was designed by Vietnamese firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects for […]

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