Natural Rattan Set, France, circa 1970/1980

Natural rattan set composed of one sofa, two armchairs and one coffee table.

At the end of the 19th century in Europe, rattan furniture was very famous under glass roofs and in winter gardens. 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. Then production 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.