Kirei Board: why we love it

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Today I’m working on a design for a shelving unit that spans two steel columns and features one of my favorite materials – Kirei Board.

Kirei Board is a strong, lightweight, durable, environmentally friendly substitute for wood.  Manufactured from reclaimed sorghum straw and bound with a formaldehyde-free adhesive, Kirei Board is a lovely material for furniture, cabinetry, casework and a variety of interior design elements.  Kirei comes in several sizes, ranging from 6 to 30 millimeters in thickness.  I love the pattern and texture it presents, and requires only a simple coat of wax to finish.

The shelving unit that I’m working on will feature Kirei Board slabs bolted to a raw steel framework, which, in turn, will be welded to existing exposed steel columns.  This assembly sits in a double-height space adjacent to a dining area, which is home to a steel table finished with a Kirei Board top.  I’ll be sure to post images of the finished piece!

2 Responses to “Kirei Board: why we love it”

  1. Hey Keira,

    I’m curious about the cost of this material…. can you provide any rough info on that and where to find it locally?


  2. keira says:

    Hi Cody,

    You can get Kirei through Ellie’s Contractor Showroom at 3640 Walnut in Boulder. Call Brooke Weathers at 720-542-6348 for pricing or visit the showroom – they have lots of fun products!