Woven Wicker + Rattan Seating to Make Your Kitchen Say Summer All Year Long
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We love the way woven wicker and rattan have reappeared in interior design. It’s part of the throwback 70s trend, along with pastel bathrooms and floral everything.
But to us, woven naturals in wicker, rattan, cane, and seagrass feel really fresh, and we’re glad they’re here to stay. The intricate textures signal the skill and craft that went into weaving these pieces. And, like sculpture or painting, these handwoven pieces carry special artisanal energy.
But the best part may be the way the warm, honeyed hues of these materials evoke days at the beach and golden sunsets. Let these designs inspire you to add some sunshine to your kitchen.
These French bistro-styled chairs get us every time. They take us back to Paris and sunny days at French-leaning cafes everywhere else, sipping glasses of crémant or tucking into moules Frites. In this sophisticated kitchen by Elizabeth Ashley Homes, they create an always-on-vacation vibe that we can get behind.
Bain de Soleil
Designer Charlotte Biltgen evokes a sunny, slightly exotic escape with this gorgeous kitchen done in yellow zellige tile. The triangular shape and the curved window take it in a Spanish-Moorish direction. The rustic nature of these woven stools lends to the room’s handcrafted, beautifully imperfect feel.
That’s the beauty of a classic piece: it makes a room. These counter-height riffs on Marcel Breuer’s Cesca cane chair brighten this minimalist kitchen by Noor, a psychology teacher in London who has a natural, uncomplicated style. The tubular steel gives the Cesca a certain midcentury leaning, but it dates back to 1928. It’s an easy choice for any kitchen, especially one with wood floors and counters.
Designer Philip Haines at Stoneham Kitchens in Kent went all-in on wicker for this beach-inspired kitchen. The ocean-blue cabinetry makes a beautiful backdrop for the warm golden tones in the pendant lights and counter stools. It all seems to float over the pale oak floor.
Athena Calderone’s amazing and eclectic style is showcased in her multilayered Amagansett kitchen. The patina of this vintage wood table is perfectly matched by white stools like these, which look like they’re covered in dappled sunlight. She says this kitchen showcases her many interests: entertaining, cooking, interior design, and art, just like her thoughtful podcast More Than One Thing.
Gold + Blue
There’s something about the combination of blue and gold that always makes us smile. All primary colors are besties, but these two achieve that yin-yang of warmth and cool, just like a day at the beach. All of designer Mandy Cheng’s work is so breezy and fun, just like her LA kitchen with these modern cane stools, slate blue touches, and sleek white counters and walls.
Sunny + Chic
There’s a beautiful equilibrium to this French kitchen by designer Karla Amadatsu of Kerrisdale Design Inc. in Vancouver. Cool, pale gray counters and marble balance out the warm tones in these backless woven stools and the glowing brass lighting and hood trim. The purple delphiniums are the ideal accessory for this room that is chic, pretty, and airy, just like the perfect summer outfit.
A Fine Line
Slender stripes say summer too, whether it’s a seersucker suit, a paper straw in your mojito, or the colorful lines on a beach towel. These Carson counter stools from Serena & Lily bring that same playfulness to this clean, airy white kitchen by Katie Staples.
Where to Shop:
1. Riviera Barstool, $348. 2. Loren Natural Wicker Counter Stool , $160. 3. Marcel Breuer Cesca Stool, $1,028. 4. Bali Natural Wicker Stool, $250. 5. Balboa Counter Stool, $748. 6. Domino Bar Stool, $535. 7. Riviera Backless Counter Stool, $248. 8. Carson Counter Stool, $698.