Rattan | A World of Elegance and Charm
Rattan evokes the glamour and exoticism of the Riviera, grand yachts, private orangeries, and tropical verandas. Once popular in the prewar era – rattan was charmingly depicted in Matisse and Picasso paintings, Cecil Beaton filled his conservatories with whimsical rattan furnishings, and paparazzi snapped dazzling stars such as Gina Lollobrigida and Marilyn Monroe lounging on rattan chairs – rattan is regaining its allure. Becoming increasingly fashionable in interior design and fashion spreads, rattan's appeal is a reflection not only of its intrinsic beauty but also the renewed interest in craftsmanship and sustainable design.
The glamour of rattan is shines through in seductive images by Horst who documented the rarefied lives of the beau monde. The book also describes some of the great society figures for whom rattan held particular appeal, from Marella Agnelli to Cecil Beaton. Evocative photographs will show European royalty relaxing in their rattan filled gardens as well as portraits of Churchill and Roosevelt meeting on rattan chairs.
Today rattan is crafted in small ateliers creating exquisite, highly prized designs such as Atelier Vime in Provence and Soane Britain in Leicestershire. It is also returning on a larger commercial scale such as IKEA's recently developed rattan village in Laos where they are sponsoring the first FSC certification of a rattan forest. The rattan palm is fast growing and easy to harvest making it one of the most sustainable materials for contemporary furnishings.
- 224 pages
23.75 x 2.79 x 31.32 cm