by , 05/17/07

Artek, Artek Bambu, Bamboo furniture, Bambu furniture, Tom Dixon, Henrik Tjaerby, Alvar Aalto, Finnish Design

Tom Dixon is proof that designers are not just producers of objects, but also producers of change. After merging his own business with Alvar Aalto’s Finnish design manufacturer Artek, Dixon is showing his true (green) colors and his commitment to eco-design with the debut of Artek’s new Bambu line of furniture, made from, as the moniker implies, bamboo. The pieces themselves are designed by Henrik Tjaerby, though the move towards a more sustainable product line was Dixon’s brainchild. Here’s one star designer who doesn’t mind sharing the limelight for a greater cause. Make sure to come hear what he has to say during his interview with Julie Taraska on Saturday at HauteGREEN.

Artek, Artek Bambu, Bamboo furniture, Bambu furniture, Tom Dixon, Henrik Tjaerby, Alvar Aalto, Finnish Design 3

Dixon’s partnership with Artek was not only a bold business move for his own studio, but also demonstrates a commitment to bringing about wider change within the design industry, bringing greener practices to age-old enterprises. He says of Artek, “This was a company with no product development, and it had fallen behind the times. I went in thinking, Right, I can do this. I should do that.” The Bambu chair and table have been three years in development, going through rounds of refinement until Dixon finally felt the products lived up to Artek’s tradition of sustainability, functionality and longevity.

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  1. KM June 4, 2008 at 10:01 pm


  2. johnbali June 4, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    bamboo which is sustainable if it is preserved without chemicals such as copper
    then there is the glue story there is very eco glue out there

  3. ragnhild sorensen May 1, 2008 at 6:45 am

    Fantastic furniture, both young and old children likes them too…..But where do I find them in Norway?????
    Have “looked” everywere…….

  4. Kathleen Newton October 25, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    Where can one buy this furniture?

  5. sukumar haobam September 2, 2007 at 8:05 am

    splendid innovation! Great
    hope this technology comes in the bamboo sector in India.

  6. Anthony Marschak July 9, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    A Bay Area company; Modern Bamboo produces high quality 100% bamboo laminated furniture.
    In fact, they are the only company who produces a molded 100% bamboo chair.

  7. Diego June 20, 2007 at 7:49 am

    You know, you folks could settle this by visiting the factory. Or, by emailing them.

    I think we’d all agree that, however it’s made, it’s really innovative and beautiful.

  8. david May 25, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    in response to the first comment. something can’t be one solid piece if it is made of plywood. you don’t steam bend plywood, you steam bend solid, you laminate plywood. also, in response to the last comment, you can achieve that table with multiple layers of bamboo veneer, which is renewable. plywood means only that it is layered. to create that table you could just as easily use ONLY bamboo veneers, which you can purchase in varying thicknesses, to layer, creating a bamboo plywood. and at the same time you bend it to its current shape with forms and rely on a rigid adhesive to allow the veneers to keep that shape. so, it is both completely bamboo, and plywood – bamboo plywood. simple.

  9. wangyuan May 23, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    simply style .very nice design!

  10. Hun Boon May 21, 2007 at 11:16 pm

    The Bambu name is slightly misleading, as it’s only the surface veneer that is made from bamboo. The rest of the furniture is made from plywood.

    I have made furniture from 100% bamboo before, and it is too difficult to mould them into such wonderful shapes. Bamboo veneer over plywood is a good solution.

  11. siocadolhoraca May 21, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    show de bola…. irado mesmo….. um dia pego todas essas idéias e monto um negócio!!!!!

  12. Richie May 18, 2007 at 9:20 am

    Nice design. Reportedly, Charles and Ray Eames were always trying to find a way to design and manufacture a one piece steam bent plywood chair. Along the way they cam up with their amazing offerings. It’s really a special treat to see a designer complete their mission with great style, sustainability and beautiful design aesthetics.

    P.S. The 3rd photo shows a chair and table that’s different from the other photos. Are there more than one table and chair design grouping ?

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