Design for Urban Living

Caning


Posted on December 13th, by David Bjorngaard in Elements, Inhabit, The Moment. No Comments

This brilliant restaurant, Loulou Restaurant Paris, recently got me thinking more about the use of caning in interiors.  I love how the technique softens and adds texture to a clean modern space.  I also am intrigued by the veiling of our voyeuristic tendencies:  cane gently obscuring mirror. Clean interiors require a bit of texture, and modern interiors require a bit of history.

Loulou Restaurant Paris, #bjornstudio

I appreciate the juxtaposition of modern and traditional, mass produced Saarinen Tulip chairs and custom banquette seating, and white with deep, rich color.

Loulou Restaurant Paris, #bjornstudio  Loulou Restaurant Paris, #bjornstudio

Lately I’ve searched out the variety of caned furniture. I like the touch of artistry and handicraft, plus the sense of exotic glamour.  Adding warmth, texture and color to modern interiors is the key to creating inviting, comfortable spaces to live. Here are a few of my favorite interiors and pieces of furniture.  I recommend you embrace the trend.

Kangaroo Chairs by Pierre Jeannette #bjornstudio

Kangaroo Chairs by Pierre Jeanneret

Light Armoire by Grand Stockholm #bjornstudio

Light Armoire by Grand Stockholm

Cane Bed by Atelier 2+ #bjornstudio

Cane Bed by Atelier 2+

529 Rio Low Table by Charlotte Perriand for Cassina, #bjorndesign

529 Rio Low Table by Charlotte Perriand for Cassina

I’m not terribly acquisitive – could be an occupational hazard –  but I regret passing up a set of 6 Marcel Breuer chairs at a second-hand store in San Rafael years ago.  Bent tubular steel fashioned into a continuous frame, softened by the caned seat and back. Casual yet elegant, modern yet grounded in craft techniques, nearly a perfect chair…and now someone else’s chairs!  Probably in a breakfast room in Mill Valley, or a second home in Palm Springs.

Marcel Breuer Cesca Chair, armless, 1928 #bjornstudio

Marcel Breuer Cesca Chair, armless, 1928

Here are a few other dining chair options in this vein.

Dining chair by Hermes #bjornstudio

Dining chair by Hermes

Armchair by Josef Hoffmann #bjornstudio

Armchair by Josef Hoffmann

Coates Side Chair by Thonet #bjornstudio

Coates Side Chair by Thonet

Single Curve Stool by Nendo for Thonet #bjornstudio

Single Curve Stool by Nendo for Thonet

Finally, check out and get inspired by this hotel interior by one of the most innovative designers in France, India Mahdavi.

Hotel du Cloitre by India Mahdavi #bjornstudio

Hotel du Cloitre by India Mahdavi

Hotel du Cloture by India Mahdavi #bjornstudio

David Bjorngaard, December 2017

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