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Nothing says “summer” quite like laid-back wicker. Yep, that 1970s staple in the design world is weaving its way back into fashion in a big beautiful way.

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 wicker wonders are beautifully reinvented and are having a big time design moment. The organic, textural beauty of wicker is versatile, classic and timeless, making it just as popular today as it was oh so many years ago.

Aren’t wicker and rattan the same thing?

Actually, no. Wicker itself isn’t a type of material but refers to the technique or process of weaving and bending strips of wood or grass into furniture shapes. Rattan is one of several natural fibers, including cane, bamboo, bentwood, willow, banana leaf and seagrass that are used in this process.

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.

Check out these fantastic woven wonders that thankfully leave Grandma’s woeful wicker in the dust.

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Maya Rattan Bed by Arhaus
Woven Raffia Meade Furniture Collection by Williams Sonoma

 

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Architectural Digest | Photo by Pieter Estersohn

 

Architectural Digest | Photo by Bjorn Wallander

 

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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.

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