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.
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.
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.
Here are a few other dining chair options in this vein.
Finally, check out and get inspired by this hotel interior by one of the most innovative designers in France, India Mahdavi.
David Bjorngaard, December 2017