The Charms of Wood, Rattan and Bamboo Furniture

Mariann Makrai

April 25, 2020

Eco Design

Going back to nature isn’t that hard. I presume you can find natural elements anywhere in your house, apartment, or home garden.

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Hrvatske sume (Croatian Forests) at Ambienta Furniture Fair in Zagreb / Photo by Danica Maricic

 

Just looking at a tree in bloom now wants you to transfer that tree into your home, making it a more liveable and comfy place to stay in at all times. Breathing in nature, at least contained in furniture design made of wood, bamboo or rattan.

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Spin Valis at Ambienta Furniture Fair in Zagreb / Photo by Danica Maricic

 

I especially like wood. It often enters the minds of Croatian and regional furniture makers, as Croatia is considered a country that exports wood and has a developed industry in that segment.

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FI.-MA. at Ambienta Furniture Fair in Zagreb / Photo by Danica Maricic

 

When I encounter wood in someone’s place of living, I can detect a note of attachedness to nature, which somehow makes communication a lot easier. It’s the warmth of the wood.

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Drvona at Ambienta Furniture Fair in Zagreb / Photo by Danica Maricic

 

Spaces covered with wood, wooden beams, wooden walls, wooden floors instantly provide this feeling of coziness, modesty, and simplicity. Wood offers a unique mix of aesthetic appeal and unmatched structural integrity no other material can reflect.

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Galekovic at Ambienta Furniture Fair in Zagreb / Photo by Danica Maricic

 

It’s also evergreen, as it never goes out of fashion. Its timeless quality cannot be replicated. There’s a reason to it why wood is often the most adequate choice – it’s a robust material withstanding the test of time – hardwood or softwood, it can also maintain its value over the years.

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A1 Format by Ada Kezic at Ambienta Furniture Fair in Zagreb / Photo by Danica Maricic

 

If you choose wood to be the dominant element in your house, then you’re aware of the impact it has on the climate. The carbon footprint that results from the production and processing of wood products is far lower than that for other building materials. By choosing wood, you are adamant to contribute to future generations in their fight against climate change.

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Mila & Milli at Ambienta Furniture Fair in Zagreb / Photo by Danica Maricic

 

Although I live in a house, with furniture bought mainly as a result of my parents’ choosing, I tend to add some new elements too, just to bring something new into the equation.

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Photo by Mariann Makrai

 

For example, by changing the old rug with a new one made of jute, by fixing rattan decorations onto the wall (can go under plates too). The biggest and most notable renovation happened on the ceiling – the large bamboo lamp is a sure eye-catcher. There’s not an hour in the day that I do not look up to see it hang comfortably over us.

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Photo by Mariann Makrai

 

This lamp is a very frequent design element in other homes, too. I have seen it in many interior decoration magazines and on TV shows. Some had even painted it white.

Maybe it’s time to do another quick decorating intervention?

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3D Vision at Ambienta Furniture Fair in Zagreb / Photo by Danica Maricic

 

Cover Photo – Artisan at Ambienta Furniture Fair in Zagreb / Photo by Danica Maricic

 


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