If you’re an avid secondhand furniture stalker like I am, you probably have a (long) list of items that you would be absolutely thrilled to stumble upon. One thing I’m always on the lookout for is faux bamboo furniture. And although it’s having a moment thanks to the Grandmillennial movement, it’s been around for a long time.
THE HISTORY OF FAUX BAMBOO
The French began copying the bamboo look from the Chinese during the mid 19th century as it was a welcomed, whimsy change to heavy Victorian designs, but the Chinese were making faux-bamboo furniture since at least the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
Real bamboo was used for trim or furniture supports, but it wasn’t strong enough for cabinets, so cabinet makers started creating faux. Unlike most “faux” things, faux bamboo is just as good (if not better) than the real thing.
There are so many wonderful pieces made of real or faux bamboo – tables, chairs, beds, headboards, nightstands, and flatware. The key is good design and quality craftsmanship.
Like wicker, cane, or rattan, bamboo is another chic element that can really work in any setting. It’s a casual detail that makes everything feel a bit more natural and relaxed – no matter what your style is. It’s a staple in classic, traditional design.
A few days ago, I was trolling FB MP, thinking about how I haven’t found anything great in a few months. Then lo and behold, I stumbled upon a unicorn – this beautiful 19th-century faux bamboo chest!
It wasn’t a steal but I think it was a fair price, so I snagged it for the nursery and I think it’s going to be perfect in there.
Here are some beautiful, classic rooms featuring faux bamboo furniture:
Bamboo chair recovered in one of my favs – Sister Parish Dolly via Whitney McGregor
A sweet chair via Amy Berry
Last two photos via Meg Braff
Last two photos via Maine House Interiors