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Yep, it has happened. Rattan is back with something to prove and the trend has spread to every corner of the design world. It has been on the creep for many years now, a slow methodical takeover perhaps, and it has managed to get its spindly tendrils wrapped around virtually every variety of taste-maker out there.

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From the scantily clad Scandinavian crowd (ahem, I wasn’t referring to their clothing) to the desert mod movers and shakers, no design stone has been left unturned by this organic material and its clear and present quest for world domination. So what gives? Well, I think this trend is right on track with several of our other recent trends and feeds societies’ basic need to focus on a more gentle and handmade aesthetic after coming out of a more mass produced period of time.

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I think the texture that these pieces add to a space is something we seem to be craving right now, and the unique qualities these pieces offer don’t require us to sacrifice that show-stopping nature we have become accustomed to in our recent glam-loving past. If we can’t have those shiny objects, we will at least have a rather tall peacock chair or a hanging egg chair to ease the pain of our loss.

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Those who covet that vintage vibe will be excited to know that there was wicker and rattan well before there was the wicker and rattan of the nineties. Normally I might say, “This ain’t your mee maw’s wicker,” but in this case, that’s precisely what it should be. It might just be your mama’s wicker you should avoid this particular go around, depending on her age of course. True vintage rattan furniture will come at a premium, and will be difficult to find for the average person, but the modern take on these pieces can be both fun and budget-friendly with retailers like IKEA getting in on the textural action these days. So what do you think, do you love it or hate it? Will you be partaking in some wicked, wicked wicker? Or is the Papasan chair better left in the past?

3 Responses

  1. Phyllis Ryan says:

    I have an old wicker table on my sun porch . It's old and I love it. Always have a plant and some sea shells around.

  2. Mary Lou says:

    I see my fan backed wicker chair from the Philippines is back in style! I have moved this chair with me everywhere I've moved since 1975. Mine was called a Princess Chair when I purchased it back in my Air Force days. Its painted white and goes well with my Red, White and Black themed spare bedroom.

  3. Dara says:

    Never left my home…loved it since ….forever!

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Rayan TurnerRayan is the founding editor of The Design Confidential — a DIY and design shelter blog — and a maker at heart. A retired interior designer and a bit of...

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