Cane furniture is RED HOT. There I said it. Although you don’t need me to say this, you are probably seeing it everywhere from the cover of Grazia and pages in Elle Décor to the high street shops like Made and West Elm, to high end luxury interior brands like 101CPH and The Conrad Shop and even budget friendly Ikea is jumping all over the Cane trend.
Sometimes called Rattan and even, shhh Wicker. Let’s just start by saying this isn’t your parents wicker or rattan outdoor furniture that has seen a better day. Cane has reinvented itself as a cool, sophisticated and contemporary new guy on the block that we are all lusting after. It’s a perfect partner to luxe velvet, understated with natural ash wood, bold when curved and a total scorcher when paired up with brass details. A serious statement. (As seen below in Cafe Naim by Hana Hakim at The Stella Collective in Brisbane, featured in InDesignLive)
So, why now? Why is everyone using and talking about Cane? Perhaps because it’s so versatile or perhaps because it’s a natural material. It’s light & airy. It’s durable & easy to maintain. Mainly, it adds interesting texture, pattern and dimension to a space and that is something we all unconsciously crave in our homes. It’s also something that we are seeing across all materials – glass, tiles, wallpaper, rugs. It’s all about texture. So, if your style is Boho to Minimalist, Classic to Eclectic, Midcentury or Art Deco, Maximalist or Scandi, you’ll be able to find something that will suit you perfectly. The question is, will you keep it subtle or go big?
While in Paris, I was spotting Cane everywhere and now that I’m back, it’s the same. I can’t stop thinking about Cane or spotting it. So here is mixture of inspiration and top picks from what I’ve seen.
Take it to the Bedroom
From headboards to side tables to cabinets, chairs to benches and stools. Cane in the bedroom just feels right. It creates a soft, soothing, calm vibe, it is certain to send you off to a blissfully sound sleep.
Clockwise: Anthropologie cane and velvet headboard is an elegant spot to rest your head at night; Fleux retro cane cabinet spotted in Paris is the best of both worlds; Fleux retro cane cabinet with exposed shelf; Graham & Green ebsen two drawer bedside table is a rustic twist on cane; Maisons du Monde acacia & mango wood bedside table allows is a beautiful contrast with black & cane; The Cane Collective Cinta artdeco headboard is a real statement maker; H&M Home low lounge chair is just the right height for the bedroom. Every bedroom needs a statement chair.
Head to the Lounge
Fear not, Cane isn’t just for a calm zen vibe, it can totally bring on the edgy elegance and sophisticated glam vibes too. With a hint to MidCentury and Art Deco, these beauties are playing up on the mysterious & seductive qualities of Cane. What exactly is hiding behind that webbed door and weaved panel? Paired with velvet and brass, it is full on luxe.
Clockwise: Brasilian designer Gustavo Bittencourt challenges our preconceived ideas of Cane with this full on glamorous bench with sexy curves; Another Country’s striking fold chair is a cosy spot to curl up with a book; Swoon Editions unit could be a stylish spot for the TV to perch; Curated Ireland velvet and cane arm chair adds a luxurious vibe; HK Living cane arched room divider at Folk Interiors; HK Living retro webbing arched cabinet at Folk Interiors is a perfect spot to hide books & games; Rose and Grey Lizzy accent tables with cane and black add a subtle touch; 101 CPH Haku Bar first spotted at Catalog Interiors Instagram feed is an attention grabber.
Chairs. Chairs. Chairs. We all need a statement chair.
Now this is perhaps where cane really shines in all the various shapes, sizes and styles. I’m a professed lover of chairs and would happily have a home filled with just chairs. Now that would be awkward. From vintage to modern, these chairs will add an interesting twist to your dining or living space.
Clockwise: Star of London Design Week Kam ce Kam Mera cane chair in dark ; The iconic vintage Jeanneret cane and oak chairs at L’Atelier 55 spotted during my last trip to Paris; Newly launched John Lewis design your own cane chair; Graham & Green plush Caden cane and grey velvet chair; Perhaps the most iconic chair of the 70s – the Marcel Breuer Cesca Chairs on Etsy Viniques Midcentury will add instant retro chic to any dining room; La Redoute Theophane designer rattan chair; Miniforms contemporary Colony armchair just oozes cool; Rockett St George modern woven rattan dining chair; Fall in love with the curves of The Cane Collective tum chair; Vintage Pierre Sindra cane and leather chairs on 1st Dibs; Please Wait to Be Seated AHM chair first spotted on LittleBigBell colourful Insta feed & blog.
Lights on. Lights off.
Do you design your room around your lighting or do you consider lighting a finishing touch to complete the room? These inspiring cane pieces might make you rethink your approach. I just love the idea of light pouring out through the webbing making a beautiful reflection throughout a room.
Clockwise: Cox & Cox woven Cane table lamp; Spark and Bell Cane wall lamp; La Redoute Dolkie cane pendant with black; Fleux cane circular wall lamps; Rockett St George petite cane pendant with mustard velvet.
Make a Grand Entry
Perhaps an ignored space, set a stylish vibe from the first step into your home by using Cane. I say every entry deserves a stylish bench to perch when slipping shoes off at the end of a long day or a place to toss those phone and keys.
DIY Masters using Cane
Before I wrap up this trend report on all things Cane, there are some super inspiring Ikea Hacks and DIYers using Cane. It would be a massive fail not to include a round up of a few individuals who are showing us that we don’t need to buy a finished piece, we can create one ourselves. #onestowatch
Clockwise: Kath of House of Hawkes turns the classic billy bookcase into an elegant statement piece; Jules of Ikea Hackers keeping it simple with an easy as 1-2-3 Cane headboard; Caroline at Burkatron has a few lust worthy Cane DIY pieces, this simple one caught my eye; Chelsea at The House that Black Built shows us just how sexy & sultry Cane and black can be in the bedroom with her DIY headboard and sink vanity; Patti of Studio Hoyna masterfully disguises a boiler with these stunning bespoke doors with Cane and Dowsing & Reynolds handles; Justin at Design at Nineteen wowed us all with his dresser revamp. Thanks for the inspiration.
So, what do you think about the Cane – weaved Cane – webbed Cane – woven Cane? Is it for you? Are you going to make a statement or have it compliment your existing decor?
A MEGA shout out to my feature image which is the glorious award winning Samuel Wilkinson and his latest Latis collection that is available at The Conrad Shop. Samuel is a modern day design icon and is beyond inspiring. Check out his website and his Insta. He set up his own design firm in 2008 & has so many kudos to his name. The accolades are too long to list, including designer of the Plumen 001 light bulb, London Design Museum ‘Design of the Year’ and ‘Product of the Year’; D&AD ‘Black pencil’; D&AD ‘New Blood’ prize; RSA award; Design Guild Mark.
That’s a wrap on this Monday inspiration. As always, all the words contained in this blog post are entirely my own. I’ve tagged the sources of the photos that aren’t my own. A big thank you for reading!