In Search Of — Faux Bamboo


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Don't worry, these little guys are eating the real stuff. But faux bamboo is making a comeback. Photo:

Don’t worry, these little guys are eating the real stuff. But faux bamboo is making a comeback in homes and on patios this spring. Photo:

Welcome to the daily series “In Search Of”, where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today, it’s all about “Faux Bamboo” and we’ve got loads of it.

Faux bamboo is back. It was discovered in Asia along the Silk Roads by Western traders during the 18th century. Making its mark in the faux-bamboo motif of Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles to 1950s bamboo-inspired living room furniture, the Eastern motif is no longer resigned to the past. With recent appearances in indoor and outdoor furniture, bamboo is the perfect accent material because of its natural lines and earthy appearance. The faux variety is synthetic and often sealed so it stands up to weather elements. Check out today’s round up of listings with faux bamboo.

Side table with cane and brass details in Chicago, Illinois



We love the bright teal paint on this side table. It would look perfect topped with a pitcher of sangria and a bowl of fresh fruit.

Find it on the Mercat de Arte corner. $145.

Mid Century Hollywood Regency Settee in Tarrytown, New York



This fun seat is perfect for lounging inside or out. The multi-use pillows pop with bright colors and the sturdy, faux bamboo is stained a beautiful walnut color.

Find it on the MKG Vintage corner. $395.

Vintage bar cart in Oak Park, Illinois



How cool is this retro bar cart? We’re imagining a tiki-themed party complete with a drink station atop the smoked glass on this brass cart.

Find it on Tweed’s corner. $650.

Golden Mirror in Phoenix, Arizona



This gold-painted Hollywood Regency mirror is a fun and classy piece. Use it in an entryway or above your dresser for a touch of old-school glam.

Find it on Ella Birt’s Corner. $300

1930s tray table in Pleasant Hill, California



Mother-of-pearl inlay adorns this retro tray table. The black faux bamboo is in excellent condition. Use it as a tray table or take off the top and use as a wall hanging.

Find it on KJ’s Corner. $135.

Regency style chair in Palos Heights, IL



This Hollywood Regency-style chair features a cane back and faux-bamboo frame. It’s in great condition and would be a comfortable seat for a sunroom or porch.

Find it on Pam’s Corner. $200.

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  • CJ Lotz

    What a cool thing for your grandmother to leave you! Display it proudly. I bet the painting on it gives it a special look as well.

  • I have always loved the bamboo look, thank you for validating!! My grandmother left me this gorgeous living room set that is black bamboo, beautifully adorned with the old “oriental”-style painting; it’s actually stunning. I’d love for this look to come back in, because it can go either way: expensive and classy, or party time on the back porch!