Crazy for Cane

Photo: Linehouse

Crazy for Cane

Using cane has been around since Ancient Egypt, so we know it endures.  But cane has never gone out of style, and now more than ever feels utterly fresh and modern.  Cane is used not only in furniture pieces but provides architectural detail for dividers, panels and millwork insets.  It can diffuse light, add texture and bring the outdoors in.   This multifaceted material creates an interesting, lightweight feel that is casual yet sophisticated.  I have not met an interior that could not use a touch of cane!

The most obvious use of cane is for furniture.  From high end designer pieces to fun vintage finds, there is something for everyone.

This office chair from Pierre Jeanneret for Chandigarh is a classic that can blend into any environment.  The cane back and seat help alleviate the chunky frame.

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Gebruder Thonet recently introduced this stunning sofa and chair with curved cane tops.  The cane creates an elegance and lightness which make the pieces float effortlessly.

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Looking for more economical options?  Terrific cane vintage pieces can be found with some digging, and places like Urban Outfitters offer well priced alternatives.

Photo: Sarah Lavoine
Photo: Urban Outfitters

Beyond furniture, cane provides us with many other uses.  It serves as a wonderful divider for restaurants or home use.

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Photo: Carola-Ripamonti

Cane panels are a clever way to lighten up millwork, add transparency and texture.

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Photo: Jeff Holt

The comeback of cane is no surprise and a design element that is here to stay.

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