Looks like bamboo is getting ready for its closeup. Crate and Barrel introduced a new line of bamboo furniture last month. Uninspiringly dubbed "Bento," the bamboo line is "eco-friendly," affordable and has a much tougher finish than regular wood. C&B says: Layered and pressed into solid planks, bamboo is harder than hardwood and less affected by changes in temperature and humidity.
Despite a slightly dated look to some of the furniture, we like the general concept and are eager to find out how this more luxe bamboo fares in the years ahead. The Zen bed is $999, the nightstand is $429 and the six-drawer dresser is $1500.