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Rattan furniture, history of a timeless

In these sweet and beautiful days of May, it flourishes everywhere. From the chair to the basket, from the mirror to the table, it invites us in our interiors, blowing a holiday and seaside atmosphere to the most Parisian of the apartments. The rattan, we have been familiar with it since our childhood. Whether it was with grandparents, in an aunt’s secondary house or in our room, we have known him throughout our life.


Gatti Chairs from Café de la Paix ©Facebook Café de la paix



XIXth Century : the golden age of rattan

The fashion of rattan was born under the Second Empire, at which time the salons develop, such as that of the Princess Mathilde where she receives crowned, notable and intellectual heads. First in the Winter salons, glass roof where you can enjoy the light from the outside while staying inside, then putting them in the gardens the day “The House of the bamboos” of Perret and Vibert, founded in 1886 rue du Quatre Septembre in Paris, specializes in furniture that is very popular with an Empire nobility charmed by China and Japan. It creates incredible sets of rattan and bamboo furniture for the verandas, terraces and gardens of wealthy sponsors. This refinement lasted until the 1920s when France was one of the first rattan-exporting countries which, imported mainly from Indonesia, was worked by more than 130 people and then invaded the terraces of the Parisian cafes …


Elaborate Victorian wicker chair Image:



Home secondary home

In the aftermath of The war, when it comes to returning to work the French and the factories still standing, the industry of rattan resumes more beautiful, favored by a shortage of raw materials, a cheap medium and a know-how untouched. Then comes the fashion of secondary houses, which we want to furnish differently from its urban apartment. From Dinard to Saint-Tropez, the ratten penetrates inside the houses : Wardrobe, chest of drawers, dining-room, bed, everything goes by! Decoration magazines love it and illustrate their pages of reportage on this new trend. It is also and above all the authenticity that emerges from this braided liana that seduces. In the 70s, this return to the natural is plebiscite by all hippies currents and baba-cool.

Vintage Peacock Chair in the 60s ©flickr



The great names of design  

Very soon, the great designers seized this medium, dubbing the rattan by dedicating a piece, a set. Thus Joseph-André Motte whose first piece of furniture is the armchair. Tripode in braided rattan. In 1952 his master, Louis Sognot, founder of the UAM, also signs ensembles such as this table and these reel chairs that can be admired by Cyril Grizot to Paul Bert. Janine Abraham and Dirk Jan Rol design the Citron armchair in 1957. Revealing the architectural capacities of the rattan, a creation passed in the hands of the Gallery Furniture and Lights in Serpette. Rattan, wicker, bamboo, it is a long story so for this art of basketry that was in France a true craft of art with its big names and its more popular.


The Citron armchair by Janine Abraham and Dirk Jan Rol ©ideat


Today, rattan is back in fashion. It suggests a lifestyle a bit vintage and has crossed the decades. However, it has evolved with the times and is now resolutely modern and adapts to the decorative trends of the moment. A rattan armchair or sofa will be particularly appreciated for a Scandinavian style interior, which is recognized by the use of soft and natural materials. To improve comfort and add to the coziness of a room, you can place a blanket or plaid on a rattan chair. Rattan adapts very easily: whether in a bohemian, vintage, ethnic interior or in a room with shimmering colors, we love it! Moreover, nowadays, rattan can be dyed: grey, white or black, it will even contribute to add modernity to the space it occupies!

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