10 Rattan Pieces to Add Breezy, Boho-Chic Vibes to Your Home
From light fixtures to peacock chairs, rattan is the essence of organic-modern design.
The past couple of years have seen a resurgence in trends once relegated to the past—straight-leg jeans, printed wallpaper…Dr. Dre music. Taste, after all, is cyclical. But one could argue that rattan never went out of style. The vinelike climbing palm native to the jungles of Asia and Africa is often used to make wicker furniture. The two are often erroneously equated—rattan is a material; wicker is a method of weaving. Both were a mainstay in 1990s porch decor before homeowners turned to the more durable and less splinter-inducing wrought iron. Yet rattan always had a subtle way of adding warmth, comfort and ethereal elegance to any setting. “We’re seeing a shift in design trends toward a more organic and earthy space, and the resurgence of materials like rattan is being incorporated into everything from hardscapes to furniture and decor,” says interior designer Kristen Forgione. Here are a few ways to incorporate rattan’s boho-chic panache into your place of respite, whether indoors or out.
A Biting Wit
Part of Jonathan Adler’s wild new rattan collection, the cheeky Wicker Foo Dog is the designer’s take on a traditional Chinese guardian lion statue. Use to flank everything from doorways to consoles. Each is crafted by a single artisan and takes two weeks to make. 34″H by 30″W by 14.5″D. $995. (jonathanadler.com)
Known as a master of neutral hues, award-winning designer Thomas Pheasant combines style with comfort in the Strand Chaise. Rattan strand side accents add texture to chenille fabric and a white oak frame. 26.5″H by 105″W by 26″D. Price upon request. (feathersdesign.com)
An ode to classic Danish design, the Nest two-seater sofa’s woven aesthetic is both durable, comfortable and a stylish addition to a patio. 29.3″H by 65″W by 31.5″D. $3,895. (shopboxhill.com)
These coasters are handwoven from rattan reeds and embellished with cowrie shells, adding a tropical flourish to your dining area. Approximately 5″ in diameter. $6 each. (tierradellagarto.com)
Let There Be Light
Designer Nicholas Obeid brings island vibes with the Solana Table Lamp. A solid unlacquered brass base supports a dome finished in natural rattan for lighting that will patina beautifully over time. 25″H by 19.5″D. $399. (cb2.com)
In the Loop
Pole rattan is hand-bent and interlocked to form a geometric shape with the Palisades hanging decor, which adds an earthy element to any wall. 85″H by 45″W by 5.5″D. Price upon request. (figbirch.com)
Kettal edits the iconic Basket chair silhouette, created in the 1950s by Danish designers Nanna and Jorgen Ditzel, with its indoor club chair. Hand-braided wicker is held aloft by sturdy, eco-friendly oak. 29.9″H by 33.4″W by 31.1″D. To the trade; price upon request. (johnbrooksinc.com)