Because my job required me to walk around on this all summer:
|photo by James Wagner, http://jameswagner.com/2010/04/starns.html|
...Doug and Mike Starn's Big Bambú: You Can't, You Don't and You Won't Stop, a temporary and constantly changing installation on the Metropolitan Museum's roof garden that closed on Sunday after six months.
I've fallen in love with this piece and I find it fascinating, both conceptually and as a curatorial choice. On the other hand, it seems to have kind of taken over my life. I've started to notice bamboo everywhere, particularly in interiors, where trendy chinoiserie elements are often created with faux bamboo.
I've been loving practically anything that involves chinoiserie ever since I took a class on eighteenth century decorative arts a few years ago, so I'm fine with this bamboo "trend". In a bright, geometric, quintessentially Jonathan Adler way:
or a more neutral space, glamorous but not too polished (with wallpaper depicting bamboo... in gilded faux-bamboo frames!):
|Betsy Burnham via Canadian House and Home|
The great part about this blogging thing is that I got to browse the internet looking for lots of expensive things in the spirit of "research." The results feature plenty of good shiny hollywood-regency-style brass:
and more furniture, accessories and lighting in glossy paint and natural wood:
[a] Red Bamboo Tole Chandelier, sold by Brunelli Designs on 1stDibs
[b] ceramic bamboo lamp, Ebay
[c] Faux Bamboo White Leather Armchairs (a pair) by andfoundfurnishings on Etsy
[d] Cindy Sherman Trellis Footstool, JCPenney
[e] Pair of Faux Bamboo Campaign Etageres, Sabina Danenberg Antiques, via theregencyfurniture.com
[f] Hampstead Mirror, Williams Sonoma Home
[g] Set of Two Crystal Chiavari Chairs - Clear, Amazon
Including some chairs that actually aren't in the usual Chippendale bamboo style, a lucite Chiavari chair (!) and pieces that involve bamboo, campaign style, and vermillion paint (mmm... campaign furniture. another post.).
Of course trellis patterns are inescapable, but they get a little more memorable when they're made of bamboo:
|clockwise from lower left: Chinese Lattice Wallpaper by Bob Collins, via Interiorly;|
four of the many colorways of Premier Prints' Cadence collection;
Bamboo Trellis wallpaper by Victoria Lane – Sandpiper Studios, sold by www.wallpapermore.com;
Spring Lake wallpaper by Thibaut
All of these, and the majority of bamboo-inspired decor objects, have a traditionally chinoiserie feel to them. Their relationship to groundbreaking contemporary installation art is purely superficial. I love shiny pretty things as much as the next design blogger (maybe more....) but this piece brought me back to the inspiration for this post...