Woven natural fibres such as bamboo, cane, reed and rattan have been used to make furniture from as early as 3000 BC. The materials saw a major resurgence again in the 1800s, and more recently in the 1960s. Today, bamboo, cane and rattan are experiencing a contemporary revival across a whole range of home furnishings.
With its natural colour and tactility, wicker or woven furniture adds warmth, texture and serious personality to any space. There’s also something summery and tropical about these materials, meaning they can be a simple way to add lightness and a holiday spirit to your home in the city.
One of our favourite things about this kind of decor is that it manages that wonderful – and rare – combination of sophistication and playfulness.
Sinnerlig pendant lamp – $89
The result of a collaboration between acclaimed international designer Ilse Crawford and the ever-reliable Ikea, this woven bamboo shade is a transparent and airy addition to any room. The criss-cross weave beautifully filters light across your dining table, or your bed.
Esmareldo rattan beach chair – $155
Kick back on these retro lounges with a Mojito in hand and you can pretend you’re still on holiday. Perfect for the beach or drinks in your courtyard, these fold-up chairs are great for those who need to balance style and comfort with limited space. Find them at Home Apparel.
Biscayne queen bedhead – $399
Add this bedhead to your bedroom and automatically achieve a coastal feel to the space. The natural colour complements just about any palette but will really sing when paired with crisp white sheets and crushed linens. Available in king and queen size from Naturally Cane, online retailer of all things woven cane.
Cane lounger – $869
These chairs will bring a cool conservatory vibe to your living room. Ideal for those of us that don’t actually have a conservatory. With a cane frame and woven rattan panels, this piece is both comfortable and stylish. Find it among the many beautiful homewares at online store Worn.
Elton table – $695
The Elton Table brings an old material into the current day by combining a geometric inlay with a luxe brass base. A statement piece for sure, the table will elevate your lounge room or your bedside. It is by Australian designer Sarah Ellison and available on her website.
Artesia round placemat – $18
If you’re not in the market for a new piece of furniture, you can add a touch of the woven aesthetic to your home with these timeless rattan placemats. They come in a range of colours and are versatile enough to use for weekday dinners with the family, or fancy dinner parties with friends.
Colony screen – $6365
Most of us will struggle to find a place for a folding screen in our bedroom or lounge, but for those with lofty apartments or bedrooms with acreage, meet the Colony screen. Made from woven rattan, it uses the classic “Vienna straw” weave, which gets its name from being used in Thonet’s iconic No. 14 or Vienna cafe chair. The octagonal pattern is now synonymous with rattan and its recent revival. More sculpture than furniture, this piece can act as a room divider or just a backdrop. Part of the Colony Series, you can buy (or just swoon over) one at Design Nation.