Au naturel with retro rattan and classic cane
Not just reserved for outdoor furniture anymore, rattan and cane are having a big moment inside the home too. How fitting after spending so much time indoors this spring in our collective effort to flatten the curve. With the summer season upon us, why not blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living even more? The truth is, this “au naturel” trend had already taken shape pre-pandemic. Generally, we are gravitating towards natural materials that bring in the soul and elements from nature into our abodes. Cane and rattan are natural materials, which both derive from the rattan palm, a vine from Southeast Asia. When the rattan palm is processed, it splits into two parts: cane is the thin core reed, used in webbed patterns seen in furniture applications, such as the back of a chair; the larger rattan reed material is used to weave wicker furniture and basketry.
The rising use of cane and rattan in decor is also due to the ever-growing popularity of grand-millennial style adopted by some millennials, AKA the new traditionalists. Think chintz upholstery, tassels, needlepoint and in this case, furniture made from materials once reserved for your grandmother’s screened porch.
Trending or not, cane and rattan pieces make a statement without adding visual weight in a space. You can bring in the vintage weaves with a light fixture, storage unit, chair or decor item. The major appeal for us is the cool coastal beach vibe rattan and cane evoke, and who doesn’t want to add some sweet summertime favourites inside our homes all year long?
1 Geo PENDANT, $59.99; homesense.ca
2 Kash Woven PENDANT, $611; ethanallen.ca
3 Desert Sun MIRROR – Natural Cane, $299; westelm.ca
4 Nadia Cane CHAIR, $549; cb2.ca
5 Anthropologie Home Oval Rattan TRAY, $138; thebay.com
6 AERIN Cane BACKGAMMON SET, $3,472; elte.com
7 Boho Natural DAYBED with Pearl White Mattress Cover, $1,899; cb2.ca
8 West Natural Cane BAR CABINET from Leanne Ford collection, $3,099, crateandbarrel.ca
9 Spade Outdoor CHAIR, $199; MUST at Home Société
10 AERIN Ada Raffia COASTERS, set of 6, $132; elte.com
11 Poly Rattan BASKET from Glucksteinhome, $39.99; thebay.com
12 Natural Cane BASKET, starts at $116; eltemkt.com
13 Blake Carbon 2-Door CABINET, $2,099; crateandbarrel.ca