COT­TAGE FUR­NI­TURE BA­SICS: RAT­TAN CHAIRS

This retro ac­cent chair has been fresh­ened up for to­day.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY JICKIE TOR­RES

See how this retro ac­cent chair has been fresh­ened up for to­day.

While an­tique rat­tan chairs (or more gen­er­ally wicker) of­ten con­jure up images of or­nate Vic­to­rian styles, the method of weav­ing soaked nat­u­ral fibers into a shape and leav­ing it to har­den into fur­ni­ture dates back to the Egyp­tian days. Pharaohs would of­ten be buried in large wo­ven cas­kets—a craft born from bas­ket weav­ing. But the Vic­to­ri­ans brought the look into fash­ion at the turn of the cen­tury, where, in the world of rat­tan, the more styl­ized and coiled, the bet­ter. Fast for­ward to the mid­cen­tury and com­pa­nies like Hey­wood Wake­field adopted the look in Amer­ica. Re­pop­u­lar­ized in the ’60s and ’70s when boho styles hit the main­stream, rat­tan fur­ni­ture earned its rep­u­ta­tion as a mod­ern ma­te­rial with an artis­tic edge. The rat­tan styles we see to­day re­tain these cleaner lines and sim­pler sil­hou­ettes.

3. Di­a­mond rat­tan chair, $330. Visit dear­keaton.com.

1. Daisy chair, $159. Visit ar­ti­cle.com.

5. Rat­tan but­ter­fly chair, $525. Visit eclec­tic­goods.com.

2. Palms rat­tan chair, $598. (866) 597-2742 or ser­e­naan­dlily.com.

4. Pari rat­tan chair, $98. (800) 309-2500 or an­thro­polo­gie.com.

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