Design Trends: Contemporary Caned Furniture

Mon Colonel ArmoireStraw armoir designed by Isabelle Gilles and Yann Poncelet by Colonel

Caning is a traditional method of weaving. The term for the material, cane, is derived from the peeled bark of the rattan stalk, which is most commonly found in tropical areas of South East Asia.

Caned furniture has its origins in Asia and was brought to Europe back in 17th century by European traders. This type of material became quite popular in Holland, France and England where was typically used for the seats and backs of bent wood chairs.

Caned chairs were not only hygienic and airy, but also lighter weight than solid wood, and less formal than the typical seats heavily upholstered with silk or tapestry, and they quickly became an iconic material of the colonial style.

Caning also became the typical seat material of the cafe chair in the mid-19th century thanks to Thonet and his No. 14 chair.

Today, many designs around the world have felt in love with the unique quality and the warm and timeless texture of traditional cane, introducing this material in modern designs. In this post today, you can discover how this material has been used in modern furniture by designers around the world.

 

Straw Sideboard by Colonel

Rattan Wickerwork Furniture

1. Straw sideboard designed by Isabelle Gilles and Yann Poncelet by Colonel | 2.Bernardes Bench by Andreu Carulla | 3. Straw lamp shade designed by Isabelle Gilles and Yann Poncelet for Colonel | 4. Radio Hybrid by Mathieu Lehanneur for Lexon (© Lexon) | 5. Straw armoir designed by Isabelle Gilles and Yann Poncelet by Colonel

  
La rejilla de mimbre es un método tradicional de trenzado habitualmente utilizado en asientos y respaldos. El material deriva la corteza pelada de los tallos de caña que se crecen comúnmente en áreas tropicales del sudeste asiático.

Los muebles de rejilla de mimbre tienen su origen en Asia y fueron traídos a Europa en el siglo XVII por comerciantes europeos. Este tipo de material rápidamente se popularizó en Holanda, Francia e Inglaterra, en asientos y respaldos de sillas de madera.

Esta sillas no sólo eran mas higiénicas que los típicos asientos tapizado en seda, sino que además eran más ligeras que las sillas de madera robusta y menos formales, por lo que rápidamente la rejilla de mimbre se convirtió en un material icónico del estilo colonial.

Este material también es típico de las tradicionales sillas de los cafés de mediados del siglo XIX, gracias a Thonet y a su popular silla Nº 14.

Hoy en día, muchos diseñadores de todo el mundo han sucumbido al encanto y la calidad única de este material, así como a su textura cálida y atemporal, introduciéndolo en diseños modernos. En este post hoy, podéis descubrir cómo la rejilla de mimbre ha sido utilizado en muebles contemporáneos por diseñadores de todo el mundo. 

Rattan Wickerwork armoirPhoto credits Skona Hem

Source: Quick History: Cane Furniture, Apartment Therapy
 

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