One of the reasons that wicker chairs are so special is that they were made by someone. No machine can completely twist, braid or bend these pieces into existence without the touch of a human hand. Wicker is the term that refers to the process of weaving materials like rattan, bamboo, and seagrass to form a beautiful and functional piece of décor. These twigs, leaves, reeds and vines work together to build strength and structure through intricate, geometric patterns that are as functional as they are beautiful.
Wicker chairs are one of those furniture pieces that have made comeback after comeback. They give a gentle nod towards nature and fit perfectly in spaces that are layered with patterned textiles or plant life. Wicker can be painted or rely on its own natural color to add character. Today, wicker chairs are as easy to find in antique stores as they are brand new. Below are 18 homes from the archives that use fiber woven chairs to enhance texture and create spaces that are nostalgic and contemporary all at once. —Bethany
Image Above: This musical moment was created by Megan Pettipoole for the Whealy’s home in Omaha, NE. The wicker chair at the piano echoes the wicker burst wallhanging above that brings in a soft, natural feeling to the bohemian-inspired space.