One thing I absolutely love about interior design is the appreciation humanity can show for damn good construction, ingenuity and clean thoughtful style. When brilliant design is conceived and unleashed on the world, everyone takes notice and there's that heart stopping, jaw dropping moment where all existing design perimeters are shattered. Woven cane is one such design element that helped changed the way we wrapped our brains around textural furniture design. Cane for furniture and accessories dates back to ancient times, in fact, there is evidence of chairs with caned seats as far back as ancient Egypt. Whoa! It became particularly popular in Europe in the nineteenth century with the Thonet Bentwood Chair, which is still manufactured today, as you have probably noticed as you scroll through every design lovers Pinterest and Instagram feeds currently. Cane has made a big comeback and I couldn't be more on board.
A true descendant and variation on wicker and rattan, which was made from cheap, flexible and weather-resistant plants and grasses, cane gained popularity for its durability, flexibility and really its aesthetically pleasing lightweight, neutral, and organic texture. The way it sits lightly in a room but also adds a certain warmth to a space is its true magic and is what makes me giddy with organic boho excitement. I'm also loving the shout out to iconic midcentury masterpieces, like Marcel Breuer's Cesca side chair, Pierre Jeanneret's Easy Chair and Josef Hoffmann's Bentwood chair for Thonet, the most popular chair ever made, literally, that maintain their relevance in todays modern design trends. Any chance to hit a midcentury note, I'm all for, cane is the perfect modern bohemian marriage.
Here are a few of my favorite cane pieces floating around out there that are not crazy expensive, yours for the taking. If you want the real deal midcentury pieces, check out 1stdibs, Etsy, Amsterdam Modern and DWR for new and vintage.