Have images of dark wood, and stodgy interiors when you think about cane in any iteration. Banish the dodgy, and slide into the cool washed out, contemporary, and fresh takes that cane has to offer. From seating to sideboards, canes breezy take on the traditional is all it took to turn this Cape Cod girls head. For those of you that have been following the saga of the Manse, you know I am preparing to furnish this place the moment the construction is done, and I want to do it right. Sometimes the things that have been around for the longest, survive because they adapt. Cane could just be one of those things.
Derived from the the Rattan Plant, and indigenous to Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia, this vine grows in the rain forest. It’s thorny bark attaches to trees and leaves as it seeks the sun – so appropriate – growing between 100 and 300 feet. It’s incredibly flexible, and stripped from the bark, in long lengths it makes for a wonderfully strong material that can be woven into intricate patterns. Perfect for hot climates as the screen lets the cool breeze whistle through its openings, keeping you cool.
Brought to prominence in the height of the Victorian Era – if that doesn’t sound a little old school to you, it should, it dates back much farther than that. Tibetan Warriors, Peruvian Princesses, and though I can’t validate it, I would bet that the Romans and the Greeks played a role in its prominence. They always do….. Cane has stood the test of time.
This latest pairing with contemporary frames, and white washed finishes is coastal perfection. It’s so hip, I’m inclined to consider it for the city. Here are my picks.