Geometric rattan set – France, early 20th century
This Art Deco style rattan living room evokes the fashion of winter gardens. The pattern decorating the backrests and seats as well as the lines of this set gives it a particular style that is both refined and elegant. This rattan living room is composed of two armchairs and a bench and a table. The red color as well as the natural fiber gives this set a warm style that will find its place in an interior.
Rattan furniture developed in the second half of the 19th century, especially during the Second Empire, with the fashion for exoticism. New materials such as bamboo or rattan appeared in decoration and quickly became essential elements. After an eclipse under the Empire and the Restoration, caning reappeared under Napoleon III and was a resounding success. The Second Empire saw the manufacture of caned seats on a frame made entirely of rattan. Around 1900, this furniture took off with the decision of several French manufacturers to massively import raw materials from China and Indochina, and then to make furniture with a modern taste, always lighter and more decorative.