This is where the designers go. We hear new things everyday, and yesterday we heard about Bielecky Brothers, Inc. With their showroom in Manhattan and manufacturing in Queens, Bielecky is the premier place to go for high end furniture in wicker, rattan and cane. Browsing their site you will quickly be filled in on what the difference between the three is, and what the processes are by which these grasses are made into things we can sit on or eat at.
Bielecky Brothers is old world, down to earth New York. Ring them on the phone and no operator will pick up, just one of the owners, who will tell you exactly what you need to know and then get off the phone. Prices are high, but so is the craftsmanship as almost anything can be finished or stained to order (dark or light). For example the Rattan Lounge Chair above retails for $2,450 (requires 5 yards of fabric) and can be made and delivered in six weeks.
This is unique stuff, and while many might not be ready for a lounge chair or table, check out the side chairs and the headboards. MGR