Rattan living room, Spain – circa 1930
This rattan living room evokes the fashion of winter gardens. The rather geometrical lines of this rattan living room give it a very particular style. Light and refined, this square rattan living room with two armchairs, two chairs, a bench and a table, combines harmonious lines and rational use of the material, which is perfectly suited to refined interiors and verandas or other conservatories.
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 cane seats on a frame entirely made of rattan. Around 1900, this furniture took off with the decision of several French manufacturers to import raw materials from China and Indochina on a massive scale, and then to make furniture that was increasingly lighter and more decorative.