bamboo furniture systems
bamboo furniture systems bamboo furniture systems
apr 28, 2010

bamboo furniture systems

bamboo furniture system was scheduled to be part of the selection of contemporary indian design production in designboom’s curated exhibition ‘asia_now’, at dwell on design in los angeles, june 25 – 27, 2010. unfortunately, due to unforseen circumstances – road blockades enforced for political reasons, and heavy rains in the northeastern part of india – bamboo furniture systems did not make their way to the exhibition.

demonstrating the stability of the book shelf

‘book shelf’

‘book shelf’

‘truss me’ is a sustainable furniture system developed my indian designer sandeep sangaru. designboom promotes the use of bamboo in the fields of architecture and design and we asked sandeep to document his ongoing bamboo project for our readers. the concept behind the collection explores new construction possibilities with solid bamboo poles – strictus dendocalmus – and splits, using modular forms and lamination joints for new applications. enjoy!

‘book shelf’ rendering


the strong fibers of bamboo can withstand compression and tensile loads. using the properties of the fibers, ‘truss me’ was developed on a technique of splitting and laminating the poles with another strip of split bamboo. when the glue cures, the laminated module acts like a truss.

different configurations of ‘book shelf’

wall hung ‘book shelf’

the ‘truss me’ protoypes were developed with the help of a group of artisans in the village of sankhela, tripura, india, a region which has an abundant bamboo resource, cultivated in organized plantations by local farmers.

all of the products are completely handcrafted. the components used for construction are modular and repetitive, and can be produced in batches by a group of craftsmen. the equipment involved for production are basic hand tools. through a modular system of jigs, fixtures and templates, the construction elements were quickly realized and also maintained a formal consistency and quality to the individual components. the furniture has been designed to use locally resourced bamboo and skills in a sustainable fashion.

adjusting the jigs

modules being laminated

each piece is handmade by local craftsmen

‘sofa’ and ‘bookshelf’

framework of the sofa prototype

testing the sofa prototype


process work of ‘truss me’ chair

‘square stool’


measurements and modules ready for construction


basic construction module


demonstration of load bearing qualities


technical drawings of the various modular forms


‘truss me’ collection


the various configurations and pieces

  • So far the best design idea I have seen this year!

    Sjoerd Jonkers says:
  • Huge Potential !
    Finally something really fresh and useful !
    Bravo !

    June says:

    Daniel says:
  • seriously brilliant.. I love it!

    kevinicus says:
  • really exciting….. 🙂

    osayowais says:
  • Green material, Trendy, Modern and Functional. This is what design should be.

    j says:
  • The basic construction module, is so much interesting that the aplications and furniture…

    garal says:
  • Oh, how fantastic, the best so far indeed.

    One says:
  • A brilliant use of Voronoi diagrams!

    Iikka says:
  • Well done, truely fresh original design, with a interesting process that delivers fantastic outcomes.

    shippy says:
  • Bravo! It seems fresh and sincere!

    Gilberto says:
  • that´s terrific…i haven´t seen something like that before…very good Design

    luisefe80 says:
  • Thanks for all the great pictures!

    GBrods says:
  • Amazing stuff.

    shami says:
  • Great and beautiful design! I am just worrying the maximum weight it is able to bear..

    ted says:
  • hey Sandeep, awesome stuff!
    Kudos to you and the gang. Love the bookshelve design!

    Jerry says:
  • yay sangaru!! cool stuff- and nicely presented!

    nayantara says:
  • attention to details are pretty sweet, beats any “up there” designers by a mile…. i’m not too concerned with the load bearing issues though… bamboo are known to be as tough as hell…. great job!

    fantastik says:
  • Good job!!!

    Ankul says:
  • Awesome! Love the Sofa and the stool…

    Darshan says:

    jeff says:
  • Niiiiiiiiiice
    You should call it BAMBOOKSHELF 😉

    Stoke says:
  • Impressive what intelligence can make. Congrats! Good stuff.

    Victor Guerra says:
  • like it a lot…very nice

    Iva says:
  • beautiful, sustainable, light, natural… we need this things.
    nice job!

    Nickaze says:
  • wowwwww amazing !!!!
    where i can buy it ? i want them all !!!

    ocean|of|air says:
  • thank you !!!

    Sangaru says:
  • wow factor! Tecnology is not necessary when there is a good designer behind! Congrats!

    Diogo says:
  • Great work and a fresh idea with a super 70’s lines.

    justglenn says:
  • nice design, nice craft

    Peter says:
  • Bamboo revolution… i love it!!!

    jan von walden says:
  • possibilities……….

    priya says:
  • Hey Sangaru, its amazing!!!!
    its really nice how the notion of Bamboo being a traditional Material has been broken with such an amazing modern interpretation!
    really great and very inspiring

    Vivek Sheth says:
  • I am bamboozled!!!
    10 out of 10.

    woodan says:
  • amazing stuff

    monika says:
  • great work, very inspiring. was a treat.

    mandar says:
  • Great work…makes me proud to be from the same institute of design…

    som says:
  • Congratulations Sandeep and Designboom. Fresh, practical, sustainable and it made me smile. Really like! Kudos. Not often one sees no brick bats d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • great technic.

    Onur says:
  • a good work , the forms itself are interesting…..very organic………….cell structure any ways was a feast of Bamboo in its contemporary format. a cool multi functional yet classy stuff.

    a good one..

  • Very good work. I love the way it is handcrafted. And the modern approch of the design. What makes it really exiting is that its made in India. Well done!

    valmarcom says:

    SNR says:
  • wonderful exploration!

    emeraldi says:
  • What they said…

    pasha says:
  • Amazing experimentation….and….RESULTS!

    klast! says:
  • super !!
    good luck …

    priya says:
  • Hey Sandeep……its really a great job……very nice concept and design .

    shashank says:
  • Simply beautiful! One sidenote: the armchair doesnt look dimensioned very well.. The armrests are way to high, dont forget about comfort and ergonomics.

    Manolo says:
  • the best thing I have ever seen

    zerus says:
  • Great job, Sandeep
    Amazing exploration of the material and its qualities AND a beautiful range of products.

    Mridul Mitra says:
  • wonderful work! congratulations!

    Trupti says:

    keith moy says:

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