I absolutely love bamboo pieces- not necessarily raw bamboo, but rather bamboo that is metal, or has been painted in an unexpected fashion. This design motif has been used throughout ages, and always adds a bit of Asian flair and especially elegance. You will see it as furniture, mirrors, dinnerware, accessories, lighting, fabric etc.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Jonathan Adler's Chippendale Arm Chair- Comes in three colors- black, white, and chartreuse green- $595
Golden Bamboo Butler table with removable tray at www.mermaidhut.com- This table is so chic! And for the entertainer in me, I love that it doubles as a tray. This is a great buy at $179. The base folds up for storage purposes when not in use! Perfect!
Crate & Barrel's Kyoto Flatware place setting- Understated and sophisticated..... If I was in the market for place settings, this is what I would buy. $36.95 for a 5-piece set
Lulu DK's Madison Indoor/ Outdoor fabric- This comes in many different colorways. We used this on a project in Beverly Hills draping the interior of a patio area poolside. We used it in the Chocolate. To the trade only- must use a design professional to buy this
Woodson & Rummerfield's Wilshire Regency Mirror- $200!!!!!!! Great buy! This is one of my favorite little design shops in Los Angeles off of LaCienega (where all the super hip and trendy design shops are)
JF Chen Antique Brass Bamboo bench with original leather- Circa 1950's: Found on 1stDibs.com - if you have not been on the 1stdibs website, you MUST TRY IT!!!!!! Many antiques shops list their products on this website- very reputable, and you can find soooooo many interesting, gorgeous, unique, and unbelievable pieces. Some inexpensive, some unbelievably pricey.
Gold trimmed round bamboo platter- $210
Gold Trimmed Two-tier bamboo server - $460
Found at Geary's Beverly Hills, these serving accents are divine. If I had my way, I would buy these for brunch with the ladies, on a table scape of antique china from my grandmother, delectable pastries, quiches, mini-sandwiches, champagne cocktails, peonies and roses, and of course, A LOT of LAUGHTER!!!!
Bamboo accents are timeless. Add this to your interiors, and your home will exude elegance.