How to create a unique coolness and refreshing in a limited home space has become a hot topic in most home decorations in the hot summer.
The Danish designer David Thulstrup refurbished the hotel building of the California winery. The high-frequency use of granite, walnut and rattan and other materials, through the careful use of light and local materials, re-created a refined and relaxing environment.
The most suitable element for summer is rattan. Natural woven fibers inject natural vitality into the space. Craftsmen and designers use innovative shapes and structures to celebrate the craftsmanship while also giving the tradition a more modern atmosphere and bringing fresh beauty.
As the structure most closely related to nature, rattan weaving is often used as the main raw material by artists in various fields to express their inner emotions.
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For example, in the post-epidemic era, the design platform Livable created a pergola art costume to wear on the head and body to raise people's awareness of the need to maintain social distancing during the epidemic.
In the design of a yoga studio in Bangkok, Enter Projects Asia uses wood and rattan structures to wrap the entire space in natural materials.
Created an "urban oasis" away from the hustle and bustle in Bangkok. The use of modern craftsmanship also promotes the integration of 3D technology and Thai local craftsmanship, bringing nature into the urban environment in a reasonable manner.
1. Neglected history
Everyone should not be unfamiliar with rattan furniture. In my childhood, a rattan chair will always appear in the countryside, terrace or grandmother’s house. It is precisely because of its natural attributes that most people underestimate rattan furniture. Craftsmanship and history.
In fact, this kind of hand-woven rattan furniture with natural fibers as raw materials 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.
Throughout history, most of the rattans were collected from the wild. They have two main advantages: they are strong and malleable, making them very suitable for making crafts including furniture. And the rattan grows very fast, can adapt to a variety of ecological conditions, and can be planted and harvested in a sustainable manner.
Its use in furniture production provides an alternative to timber logging, thereby contributing to sustainable development and protecting forest resources. In the Victorian era, rattan furniture has been welcomed and enthusiastic.
Victorian woman and wicker chair
Victorian afternoon tea, ladies sitting on wicker chairs
From the 1960s and 1970s to the present; from furniture to accessories, rattan crafts have been appreciated for their exotic beauty, strength and warmth.
Marilyn Monroe and the wicker chair fashion blockbuster
The rattan elements can be used for furniture or as soft fittings, which can be matched with different colors to create interior spaces with different styles.
In recent years, rattan furniture has once again won people's favor with its unique shape and function, technology and material, value and practicality.
2. Craftsmanship between classic and modern
Today, there are still some century-old shops that insist on producing rattan furniture. Although the techniques of rattan weaving are constantly advancing with the times, the techniques of weaving have hardly changed. In the process of designing furniture, the top craftsmen still use the old method: by heating the two ends of the rattan, it is heated to bend, and then turned into a multi-functional work of art.
The most popular soft outfit element this summer-cane webbing, has also returned to our vision. This is an octagonal woven texture. The hollow pattern design is widely used in furniture such as chairs, cabinets, bedsides, etc. It not only perfectly demonstrates the handcraft skills of weaving, but also combines the texture of natural rattan fibers with modern industrial materials.
The cane webbing craft first appeared in the 18th century, and the classic No. 14 bent wooden chair used this weaving craft. In addition, this chair is made of six steam-curved wood, ten screws and two nuts, which is an engineering miracle.
The steam bending wood process involves heating beech slats to 100°C, pressing them into a curved cast iron mold, and then drying them at 70°C for 20 hours to make wooden parts.
The No. 14 bentwood chair won a gold medal when it was exhibited at the Paris World Exposition in 1867. It was praised by many designers and architects including Le Corbusier.
Because the chair occupies a place in the cafe in Vienna, it won the nickname "coffee chair".
Since its birth, the No. 14 bentwood chair has become one of the most popular classics in the world with its amazing design language and light weight. It can still be seen in various spaces today.
Ton No.14 Beech Chair
The furniture brand GTV, which has made the most of rattan weaving craftsmanship, the founder also used steam to treat beech wood, making the bentwood chair enter a new stage of furniture development, and better let the bentwood chair be widely spread around the world.
The exquisite craftsmanship avoids the fragility of vines, makes them more durable, waterproof and mothproof, and is not easy to deform. While supporting the complex and gorgeous shape, it has no sharp edges. On the contrary, it exudes an ancient and simple sense of comfort. Shuttle between modern times with more flexibility.
GTV's LEHNSTUHL recliner is designed by Coates. Such a winding profile echoes the woven structure, elegantly injecting classic elements into the modern decorative space.
In 2015, GTV launched the ALLEGORY desk, the structure is also made of the iconic steam-curved solid beech wood technology, intended to pay tribute to the traditional craftsmanship of rattan weaving.
The back of the desk is decorated with circular elements covered by Viennese rattan, and the function of hanging memos or other notes is added, which balances texture and volume while achieving a classic and eternal state.
3. Wonderful modern interpretation
In modern design, rattan furniture is no longer exclusive to the elderly. The unique production technology and product design let rattan elements play an interesting finishing touch in the modern space.
S64V cantilever armchair
For example, in the home of Instagram design blogger Katharina, through the use of a large number of rattan elements and log furniture, it is easy to create a creamy gentle home atmosphere.
Reusing the ornamentation of green plants and flowers, organically combine various soft elements in the space to create a small world of healing and gentleness full of artistic flavor.
Ton 30 armchair
The Biscuit Loft, designed by the architectural design studio OWIUdesign, uses Thonet S32V as a dining chair, which contrasts with the marble structure and neutralizes their original properties.
The exposed wood is a part of the stairs in the Loft, and the irregular structure highlights the design team's advocating natural and eclectic design concept.
S32V cantilever chair
In addition to being fresh and natural, rattan weaving can also achieve a quiet and steady effect for the space. In the apartment of Linh Tran Trung, a variety of classic designer furniture is used, which provides more possibilities for the fusion of rattan elements and modernism.
As the most suitable element for connecting indoor and outdoor scenes, rattan weaving can feel the tranquility and peaceful atmosphere brought by rattan weaving, whether at the table or by the window.