Chinese furniture: Bamboo and Bamboo-Style Stool
Popularized during the 17th century, wooden ‘bamboo-style’ furniture encapsulated the virtuous characteristics of bamboo in a more enduring form. Shaped with round members, rounded moldings, and ‘wrap-around’ detailing, such ‘bamboo-style’ works also represent another category of construction.
Bamboo has been a favored material for furniture for thousands of years. its natural elasticity allowed for Chinese craftsmen to construct simple forms, such as stools, by tying and wrapping the interconnected loops of bamboo together. Wooden stools with wrap-around stretchers and reed-shaped members can trace their designs back to bamboo furniture.