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April 24, 2019

The first recordings of wicker rattan furniture date back to 3,000 B.C., and gained popularity during the Victorian Era. Decades later, contemporary designers are still finding new and innovative ways to incorporate rattan into elegant, eye-catching designs. With the unique ability to add a natural, organic feeling wherever it is used, rattan’s distinctive qualities allow it to stand out among the wide range of materials available to today’s designers and manufacturers. This week, we’re featuring five designs that highlight the exceptional versatility of wicker furniture, reminding us why wicker has stood the test of time.
SILVIA
Paolo Tilche, 1960
Silvia is a design that truly highlights the exceptional versatility and character of rattan furniture, and retains an airy, spacious visual lightness that is only made possible by the use of rattan as the primary material. The extra-quality rattan is shaped and transformed to create a unique, multi-dimensional silhouette that manages to look elegant in almost any environment. Silvia fits perfectly into DePadova’s expansive collection of cutting-edge designs.
KHEP CHAIR
Knud Holscher & Ejnar Pedersen, 2018
Designed by the collaborative minds of lifelong friends, Knud Holscher and Ejnar Pedersen’s KHEP chair is the result of two lifetime’s worth of design expertise. Holscher was 85 and Pedersen was 93 years old when the idea emerged, proving that genius and creativity only get sharper with age. The painted ash frame and braided wicker seat combine in perfect harmony, pulling the sophisticated design together—the perfect addition to both traditional and contemporary homes.
DANDY ARMCHAIR
Pierre Sindre, 2017
Designed in 2017, the mixed materials used in the Dandy transform this timeless design. The leather edges and cushions frame the wicker seat and back, providing a stunning visual and textural contrast. One could just as easily picture Dandy in a quintessential mid-century modern home in the 1950s, or placed among the most current, contemporary architecture and design. Dandy is also available with a matching footstool to encourage maximum relaxation.
T.54
Fratelli Monti, 1954
Purely unique, the T.54 armchair is defined by it’s rattan-core weaving and open, circular shape. Designed to introduce modernity into the homes of the 1950’s, the chair influenced years of European design while still remaining in a league of its own. It’s hardly a coincidence that two of the members of the architectural firm that designed T.54 were among the founders of ADI, the Association for Industrial Design.
PP501
Hans J. Wegner, 1949
Not only did the iconic PP501 chair play a huge role in defining Hans J. Wegner’s illustrious career, but it established itself as the cornerstone of Danish chair construction in the future, and is consistently used by designers as a reference point. In its own modest and simple way, the PP501 sums up the very essence of traditional Danish woodworking and design philosophy while also exhibiting rattan’s unique capability to create tasteful subtlety. Additionally, the chair claimed a historical significance when it was used in John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon’s first televised debate, transcending its European roots and embedding itself permanently in American culture.
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