Wambamboo

Kent Gration initially worked as a designer for leading firms in Melbourne and Brisbane for 8 years, before establishing Integration Studio in 2004. Integration Studio specialises in the areas of graphic, product and furniture design, addressing social and environmental issues using a multi-faceted design approach.

In 2005 Kent completed a Master of Design with an Academic Award for Excellence from the Queensland College of Art researching environmentally aware furniture and product design. Kent believes that good design should last forever, but needn’t last forever in the environment.

Wambamboo is Kent Gration's premier range of bamboo furniture which addresses growing environmental concerns regarding mass-production and the overuse of non-renewable polluting materials in the furniture industry. The inspiration behind the range came from his affinity with the ocean and concern over the ever increasing amount of plastic waste that finds its way into marine ecosystems.

Bamboo poles, cross-laminated boards and veneers are incorporated into each piece to showcase the versatility of bamboo as a high-end renewable material. All pieces are hand-crafted and made using CNC cut components, recyclable materials, non-toxic glues and water-based finishes. The sophisticated treatment of the material reveals inherent DNA-like vertical and horizontal laminated grain patterns, representing innovation in design and material usage.

Kent has exhibited the range at the Salone Satellite Milan 2007, 100% Futures/100% Design London 2007 and numerous exhibitions in Australia. The Costello seat won the prestigious Melbourne Fringe Furniture 2007 Premier Award for “Best Sustainable Design“ and a Silver Award in the 2008 Queensland Design Awards, and is now part of the permanent collection of the Salone Del Mobile/Salone Satellite. The range has won 5 Design & Design awards (Index Books) for the Costello Seat, Krypton Light, Tectonic, Constellation Light and the O+ Side Table which is also part of the permanent collection of the Sydney Powerhouse Museum.

Pieces have featured in many international publications including Elle Norway, Architectural Digest Milan, and among Inhabitat’s Top 10 Sustainable Highlights and the “Essential 100” Guide to 100% Design London 2007.

Kent is a sessional lecturer at the Queensland College of Art - Griffith University in Furniture Design.