Bamboo Millwork by Ornamentum
We chose to use bamboo – a renewable resource for our millwork. Bamboo has several features that made it impossible for us to resist:
- It’s Strong: Bamboo can withstand a great deal of use without damage. It’s stronger even than oak, considered the most durable hardwood. When laminated, bamboo is nearly as strong as soft steel. Bamboo doesn’t swell or shrink as hardwoods do, making it ideal for furniture and floors.
- It Grows Fast: Bamboo is not a tree—it’s a grass, and it grows like one. Many species of bamboo can grow two feet or more a day. When it’s harvested, it need not be replanted, because it will grow a new shoot from its extensive root system. So bamboo renews itself readily, unlike hardwood trees, which, once cut, are gone forever. Bamboo is an endlessly renewable resource.
- It Enhances the Environment: Farmed bamboo stabilizes the earth with its roots, preventing erosion. It takes in greenhouse gasses and produces oxygen. In fact 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees. It can also provide a habitat for birds and animals (though our bamboo is not preferred by pandas, and is therefore panda-safe).
- It’s World-Wide and Historic: Our bamboo comes from China, but the adaptable bamboo will grow in most places on earth. Wherever it is native, bamboo has been integral to the economy and culture, used for cooking, beverages, paper, houses, and bridges. In China, it’s known as the “friend of the people”.
Since 1999, Ornamentum has manufactured contemporary furniture for interior designers, architects, and private clients across Canada and the United States. Each Ornamentum furniture piece is bench made from start to finish, and then signed and dated by an individual cabinetmaker. This fabrication method allows us to precisely articulate the designer’s intent in appearance, fit, and finish, as our clients demand furniture that is unmatched as a collectible and individual work.