Not Your Grandmother's Rattan Furniture

Not Your Grandmother's Rattan Furniture

Sarah Rae Smith
Sep 8, 2010

The word "rattan" will make most think of decades gone by, but it's getting a new modern twist. Though we often sing the praises of bamboo, likewise rattan is highly sustainable with over 600 different varieties that are fast growing and are all different sizes. These pieces utilize those eco-friendly qualities and give us a new line of home furnishings.

The pieces are the work of furniture designer Abie Abdillah, from Indonesia. The latest pieces to come from his studio are the Doeloe Lounge Chair and the Pretzel Bench. They take full advantage of the forms that the rattan is willing to give, and although bamboo might have a little give to it, rattan is far more solid and carries with it the ability to be formed into almost any shape without sacrificing structure.

We love their solid yet airy feel and hope to see more products made from this material going forward. The best part is that even though they're solid in shape, they have a slight give when you sit on them. There's something warm and comforting about a piece of furniture that welcomes you and lets you melt into it... without the fear of it giving out from under you.

What do you think of the style? Is it "too natural" looking for your home, or have you already emailed for shipping details? Let us know below!

via: DesignBoom
Images: Abie Abdillah

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