Wicker, that 1970s staple in the design world, is weaving its way back into fashion and is one of the top home design trends happening this year.
I know what you’re thinking! “Wicker, really? Isn’t that the stuff that lived in all its glory on my grandma’s porch, all curly wurly with faded floral cushions?” It’s so old-fashioned.” Au contraire! Today’s woven wonders are beautifully reinvented and are having a big time design moment. Wicker’s organic, textural beauty is versatile, classic and timeless, making it just as popular today as it was oh so many years ago.
Often used broadly to describe any item woven from natural fibers such as rattan, cane, bamboo, bentwood, willow, banana leaf, and seagrass, “wicker” itself isn’t actually a type of material but refers to the technique or process of weaving and bending strips of wood or grass into furniture shapes.
While wicker continues to be popular in tropical locales and a choice material for patio furniture everywhere, we are seeing a resurgence of it as indoor furniture and accents. Still classic, but totally modern, chic and sophisticated, the gorgeous, fluid shapes have us obsessed. And OMG what amazing finds do I have to share with you today!
Here for your viewing pleasure are some fantastical pieces of woven furniture that leave Grandma’s woeful wicker in the dust.
A few fun facts about wicker to throw around at cocktail parties (because everyone talks about wicker at cocktail parties).
- Wicker was found in Cleopatra’s and King Tut’s tombs.
- The Talarurus dinosaur (Greek for “wicker-tailed”) got its name from the wicker-like tendons that stiffened its deadly tail.
- The Victorians believed wicker’s smooth surface to be more hygienic than upholstered furniture.
- The first wicker in America was a baby crib, which arrived on the Mayflower in 1620.
- For his first transatlantic flight in 1927, Charles Lindbergh had a wicker pilot’s seat installed in his plane, The Spirit of St. Louis
- Rattan is so strong that it’s used to construct hot air balloon gondolas. And the Malaysians use it to build suspension bridges.
- Rattan cane was once the standard implement for school corporal punishment in Finland and Wales and is still used in some countries.
- And finally…the Potawatami Indians believed that there was an old lady who lived on the moon weaving a basket. It was said that when the basket was finished, the world would end. Yikes.