Bare Bamboo Bench Wraps Raw Bunches in Cast Aluminum

Bamboo makes a great basis for sustainable design projects – fast-growing, durable and strong. As this piece shows, there may be little reason to improve on such near-perfect material, since most of these core ideal properties can already be found in its raw form.

The process employed by Gal Ben-Arav is visible in the product: a basic pair of aluminum frames are threaded with rough-cut bamboo stalks, letting strength in numbers provide support for seats and (optional) backs.

But the result does not stop there – imagine shipping: the manufacturer could opt to send only the aluminum, letting you grow your own structural infill (and replacement parts, if needed). And repairs are easy, too, compared to a custom-cut, pristinely-finished, typical board-style outdoor bench.

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