New Bournemouth-based company, BambooApe, specialises in evolving small spaces into BIG PLACES. They offer bespoke design and innovative build solutions for small spaces like beach huts, home offices, studios, and summer houses.
A team that now boasts a growing portfolio of projects and products that they take great pride in, and that exemplify their ideology as a company. Their latest project presented them with a truly excellent challenge; how to make the most of a 1.7m square beach hut along Bournemouth front.
BambooApe was founded in 2011 by two friends, Andrew and Lloyd, whose shared passion for intelligent design and high quality craftsmanship has combined with their years of expertise to offer you a design solution that will revolutionise your small spaces.
This challenging brief was to produce a design that essentially provides an extension of the family home, enabling a family to do everything that they do at home, but by the beach and by doing so, ensure that it is utilised to its full potential.
Andrew qualified with a degree in automotive design in 2003, and since then has worked in the design industry. Co-founder Lloyd has a degree in cartographic design and used to work as a cartographer for the UK Hydrographic Office, where he developed a keen eye for detail. He then went on to work as a project manager for the next 13 years.
This 6 foot square space has been fitted with a bespoke storage unit and modular furniture that allows it to be configured to meet the needs of a young family. The space easily morphs from Kitchen, to child’s bedroom, to home office, to dining room for 6 – complete with electric lighting, running water and all with the very best view in town.
“The key to great design is twofold” Lloyd says, “Firstly, you must take pride in what you do. Secondly, you must work ‘with’ the client, not ‘for’ the client. By spending time understanding a brief and asking the right questions early, we can provide solutions that give our clients exactly what they want, but also deliver a sense of ownership and satisfaction with the end result.”
The high quality finish and unique design solution have attracted interest from press and public alike. Channel 4’s George Clark featured BambooApe in his ‘Amazing Spaces’ program and was exuberant with praise for what he described as ‘the most multifunctional beach hut in the country’.
Andrew and Lloyd’s diverse yet complementary skills, combined with a strong friendship make for a perfect team.
These innovative and highly imaginative craftsmen have come up with a unique concept, and offer you a quality and trustworthy service.
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