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Look What Bamboo Can Do

By Deborah K. Dietsch
Special to The Washington Post
Thursday, January 13, 2005; Page H03

Bamboo, a durable favorite for floors and other building components, continues to morph into new forms. Xeno Objects, a year-old Texas company, layers the sturdy natural fibers with an eco-friendly epoxy to create curvy chairs, tables and stools. Designer Jared Hake discovered the technique while working in Thailand. "I started playing with a bamboo coaster and was enticed by the shapes it was able to make." Thus, the Nung -- Thai for "first" -- chair, built of stacked bamboo rings for "aggressive lounging," says Hake.

The Nung ($1,000) accompanies other pared-down designs in the Klom -- "circle" in Thai -- series, including a coffee table, an end table, and a silk-padded stool. In the works are bamboo shelving units, daybeds, dining tables and chairs that will be unveiled next fall. Look for the Nung chair, says marketing director Chris Hightower, in Reese Witherspoon's next movie, due out later this year. For more information: www.xenoobjects.com or call 512-371-9908.

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