Have you noticed the return of Rattan?

April 20th 2016
By: Melanie Hollidge

One of the top five home trends in 2016 is Rattan. With more and more St Albans home designers inevitably following some of the re-appreciation of Seventies styles it has to be accepted as one of the materials most synonymous with the era.
 
The design team at Habitat decided that its spring collection should include lots of rattan pieces with Seventies-inspired silhouettes from its throne-like Avia chair and the low-slung and slouchy Bowen modular seating.  “We thought it was time to revisit rattan in the design studio as its flexibility means we can create dramatic, sculptural structures,” said Habitat’s creative Director Polly Dickens she thinks the rattan revival is about more than just Seventies throwbacks. “While it has strong retro associations, designers are now exploring how to use the material in lots of contemporary forms, employing fine weaves for curved three-dimensional shapes and chunkier sections for hand-bent furniture. Rattan is also increasingly being used for lighting and accessories.”
 
Even fine furniture makers, Soane has revived the craft of rattan weaving, albeit in more classic shapes. Lulu Lytle their co-founder has long been a supporter of traditional British craftspeople - from blacksmiths and saddlers to gilders she brought the last rattan workshop in England under the Soane umbrella in 2011, providing a secure future for its workers. The produce made in these workshops can be seen in a new collection of rattan furniture designed in collaboration with LA-based interior designer Mark D Sikes, which launched in March. So it might be worth reconsidering your take on Rattan.
 
Source : The Telegraph

If you are looking for local stockists of Rattan http://www.brooksrattangardenfurniture.co.uk/