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Rattan weaving has the artistic charm of traditional handwork, and is often used in the creation of works with different designs.
Rattan furniture is one of the oldest furniture varieties in the world, and its age can be traced back to the ancient Egyptian period in 2000 BC.
As early as the 16th century, people in China, ancient India and the Philippines used rattan to make a variety of furniture, or cut rattan very thin and flat, woven it into various patterns, and made chair backs, cabinet door or rattan etc.
At the end of the 18th century, rattan furniture flowing out of southern China and other treaty ports gradually aroused the curiosity and interest of people in Western countries such as Europe and America. By the middle and late 19th century, rattan furniture had become quite popular in the western world and became the most fashionable outdoor furniture item at that time.
Later, rattan furniture combined the cultural characteristics of Europe and the America, and designed a large number of exquisite styles. This makes rattan furniture, an Asian household product, a handicraft with great commercial value.
△ Crib designed by Stow on the Wold Christopher Clark (Antiques) Co., Ltd.
More representative is the furniture factory opened by Harry Peach in 1907, which was the largest supplier of rattan furniture at that time.
Rattan weaving is mainly made of rattan branches, rattan core or bamboo as the skeleton, and then woven with rattan bark or young rattan core.
Rattan weaving generally has to go through more than ten steps such as rattan cutting (removing the knots and scars on the rattan), picking rattan, washing rattan, drying rattan, twisting rattan, pulling rattan (planing rattan), peeling rattan, bleaching, dyeing, weaving, and painting.
The standard length of rattan is 15.24 meters, and the regular width ranges from 30.5cm to 61cm. There are also some extra wide sizes such as 76cm to 91cm, which are used for weaving special patterns.
In terms of color, the light yellow of the original rattan is mostly used. Or process it and bleach it to white or ivory, which looks soft and elegant. Some are matched with coffee, brown and so on.
In recent years, the trend of returning to nature has become increasingly popular, and rattan weaving has become popular again, becoming a new round of home decoration fashion.
Many interior designers also combine this traditional material with modern design, trying to express new design thinking with “old” things.
Anastasiia Reznichenko is a freelance interior designer from Ukraine. She likes to use rattan furniture for decoration in her design.
Integrating the bed frame and rattan weaving elements, the smooth lines collide with a unique space charm, and also create a simple and natural uniqueness for the living room space.
Choose manual customization and artistic methods to make rattan furniture, and use a method close to haute couture for interior design.
The interior of this hotel in St. Petersburg was designed by DE&DE Studio. In order to achieve the three functions of ventilation, natural lighting and partition at the same time, the designer chose rattan screens as partitions for each suite.
The combination of screen and rattan weaving creates a warm and comfortable living atmosphere no matter in material or color.
This is a townhouse project designed by New York designer Noa Santos, and rattan is also used extensively in this villa.
Rattan cabinet doors are used in the kitchen, which not only makes the whole space look natural and comfortable, but also has a simple and modern style design that is more ornamental.
The window of the bathroom also continues the application of rattan. The metal window frame made of brass is combined with rattan to give people a leisurely “slow life” concept, which is comfortable and transparent.
This Asian restaurant in Singapore was designed by Bertram Ng and StudioMyte. In order to better reflect the theme of the restaurant and retain the local characteristics, the designer has used rattan materials throughout the interior.
The arched ceiling is very beautiful in shape and very decorative▽
This is the work of Belarusian interior designer Anna Tartsan. She uses the rattan material as the background panel in the space with plain colors. This makes the whole picture more natural, elegant, unique and advanced.
In this loft project designed by Estudio Normal, the entire interior wall is finished with rattan material. The arched curvature not only has a sound insulation effect, but also has a soft and comfortable warm texture visually.
The Datong Hotel, designed by Nimara Architects in Indonesia, boldly applied rattan weaving elements to the External wall of the entrance. And that not only perfectly demonstrated the handcrafted weaving skills, but also reasonably integrated the natural texture of rattan weaving with modern architecture.
Many modern brands of rattan furniture will combine traditional natural materials with modern styles, and the design is novel and charming.
This bookshelf of the BAXTER brand was designed by the designer PIETRO RUSSO, named “Libelle”. She used wood as a whole to make the frame, and then used the rattan material as the rack. The style is simple and atmospheric, with a strong new Chinese charm .
This is a rattan dining table called “HOLIDAY” launched by MEZZO brand. It is designed by Holiday. The table legs and table top edge are made of dark walnut wood, and some areas are decorated with polished brass to create an elegant and refined feeling.
The table is 129cm in diameter, 76cm high and weighs 100kg.
The “TRACY” dining chair is also a product of the MEZZO brand. The main body of the chair is made of solid walnut, and the soft cushion is matched with the elastic rattan backrest, which makes people feel comfortable to sit on.
The sideboard “COLE” of the MEZZO brand series has a design of rattan cabinet doors with gold-plated brass handles, retro and stylish.▽
These two partitions are also products of the MEZZO brand. Its design is featured by the solid walnut wood with polished brass, screen made of rattan. All of these can be combined at will, very decorative.
Lean this shaped mirror by Portuguese designer Manu Reyes against a wall and instantly create a relaxed and playful space.
This is one of the pendant lights in the “XXL Screen” series of the Market Set brand. It was designed by the Market Set studio and made in France. The entire chandelier is like a scattered flower, and 10 independent lampshades spread out from the center. Large and small “wings” are made of rattan material, surrounded by black fabric.
This chandelier is suitable for dining room, living room, kitchen space▽
This is another wall lamp of the “XXL Screen” series. The entire lampshade is made into an irregular rattan screen shape, and the light shines through the grid holes to create a simple and natural style.
Wall light with double lampshades ▽
Floor lamps of “XXL Screen” series. ▽
The classic use and design of rattan weaving makes rattan a timeless material.