You’ve probably already noticed that cane is making a big comeback in decorating, furniture and accessories, to great enthusiasm! Far from the image we might have of it as old-fashioned, cane is again fashionable and a prominent part of the boho-chic style, which showcases craftsmanship and natural materials. Let’s zoom in on this new trend.

Sayuri bed, Sayuri fabric bed and Senzo table lamp.
What is cane furniture?

Caning is an ancient technique that involves weaving strips of rattan, knotting them strand by strand, to create a surface. There are various types of caning and distinct motifs can be created using different techniques.

Two classic designs

The famed no. 14 chair in wood with a cane seat, was designed in 1859 by Michael Thonet. With the advance of industrialization, the caning process was mechanized, opening the way to mass production. Some 45 million no. 14 chairs were produced.

The renowned architect and furniture designer Marcel Breuer, an icon of Modernism and the Bauhaus movement, designed the “Cesca chair” in 1928, at one of the high points of the Art Deco period. The chair was an homage to craftsmanship.

Japanese-style boho chic!

The renewed popularity of cane furniture is related to another emerging trend: the influence of Japanese design.

Wood Coffee Table SAYURI

The deep attachment of the Japanese people to their ancestral traditions finds expression in an emphasis on craftsmanship in their décors, furniture, and design in general. The visual codes of contemporary Japanese-style boho chic include woven rattan, bamboo, floral prints, lanterns, greenery, and the colour black.

The renewed popularity of cane furniture is related to another emerging trend: the influence of Japanese design.

The Sayuri collection

Mobilia’s Sayuri collection features modern furniture with an exotic touch and hints of traditional Japanese culture. With its straight lines, black wood and use of wicker, the collection is very much in tune with current trends.

The cane surfaces, like headboards, doors and drawers, enhance the various pieces of furniture, creating a natural and graphic effect.

Cane is also the star of our Sanju pendant lamp, which produces a gentle play of light. In addition, our Sumatra accent chair and rattan chair are the perfect complement to this collection.

Cane furniture lends a soft, natural and exotic touch to any kind of décor in addition to a graphic effect and a slightly vintage look.

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Marie-Hélène Trottier is the creative director at Montreal-based agency, Jump&Love