Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Going bananas

No I'm not going crazy from working a full shift and then spending my days at market.

I'm talking about furniture going quite literally bananas.

Greensboro-based JT Michael Designs uses banana leaves in their furniture designs. The only thing that I can compare it to is wicker, yet a lot more natural looking and durable.

The collection makes you feel as if you are on the beach.

The furniture is built in China and makes use of one of the largest indigenous trees available in the area, bananas.

The leaves are cut from the trees and set out in the sun to dry naturally. They are then soaked in a solution to make the material flexible. The material is then weaved together to make furniture.

The product can be considered "green" because the product is completely natural and unlike most "green" products the company claims their pieces will last forever.

You can find JT Michael Designs' pieces across the United States and here in the Triad.

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