Bamboo And Rattan Set, Second Half of 20th Century
Set in light bamboo composed of four seats, planters and coffee tables (not shown on the photo).
Rattan furniture developed in the second half of the 19th century, especially during the Second Empire, with the fashion of exoticism. The rattan vogue developed at the same time as the rise of tourism and the multiplication of fashionable holiday resorts. The members of the imperial family, notably Princess Mathilde, were to equip their palaces and residences with winter gardens with whimsical decorations turned towards nature. As a result, new materials such as bamboo or rattan appear in decoration to quickly become essential elements of a fashion that is experiencing unprecedented success.
This new rattan or bamboo furniture is presented at major world exhibitions, thus contributing to the new taste of the day: exoticism. The first sets are imported from China or Indochina. Thenproduction is expanding in Europe, notably the Perret & Vibert factory in France. The Belle Epoque sounds the golden age of rattan. The new classurban bourgeois immediately seized this decorative furniture, light and practical at the same time. Rattan was revived in the second half of the 20th century and for some time, between 1950 and 1980, it regained its former fame. Today, rattan is more than ever back on the decorative scene for its practicality, elegant simplicity and naturalness.