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Decorating With Caned Furniture



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A few years ago, I was browsing on Craiglist for vintage dining chairs and found myself drawn to offerings from the likeness of Marcel Bruer’s Cesca chair, Michael Thonet’s no. 14 chair (now produce as no. 214), and Josef Hoffmann’s no. 811 chair. All of them had caned seating, which caught me by surprise as caned furniture was far different than the acrylic Louis ghost armchairs sitting around my dining table.

But there’s something about caned furniture that adds character to a room. Its airy and organic aesthetic juxtaposes traditional stuffy upholstered furniture. As Apartment Therapy describes it, “…the material is called cane, the process is called caning, and the product is caned furniture.” The making of caned furniture comes from the rattan palm and dates back thousands of years (you can read more of that history here). So not only is it timeless, but it’s also historic.

Design by Alyssa Kaito Interiors

Design by Brooke Wagner

Shop 811 chair

Design by Whitney Utesch

Design by Jacqueline Clark

Shop Lulu and Georgia Kaira bed

Photography by Cody Guilfoyle

Photography by Anne Sage

Design by Park and Oak

Photo courtesy of Glitter Guide

Photo courtesy of Ingredients LDN


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3 | Serena & Lily Harbour cane bed

4 | Burke Decor Antonia cane dining chair

5 | CB2 Atrium dining table

6 | Design Within Reach Hoffman side chair

7 | Pottery Barn Dolores Cane Buffet Cabinet

8 | Lulu and Georgia Kara lounge chair

9 | Serena & Lily Harbour cane nightstand

10 | Franch and Son Jeanneret lounge chair

11 | Franch and Son Caprice bookshelf

12 | Serena & Lily Harbour cane coffee table

13 | Lulu and Georgia Opia chair

14 | CB2 Boho natural daybed

15 | Studio McGee Claire sideboard

16 | World Market Cade media cabinet

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