Rattan is having a renaissance
A trend with serious sustainability credentials, rattan is making a comeback. Seen in countless magazines and catalogues, this once humble material has grown into a designer choice that adds character to indoor and outdoor spaces. Natural and biodegradable, rattan is made from climbing palm plants found in South-East Asia and manufactured locally using traditional methods.
As a timeless addition to your home, rattan is an ethical choice because of its status as a renewable resource that's both durable and biodegradable. Quality rattan requires local craftsmanship and its manufacture supports local livelihoods, and by choosing FSC-certified furniture, you know that you are supporting a sustainable industry.
Whether you want the breezy, sun-soaked style of the Mediterranean, or prefer sophisticated Scandinavian design, rattan pieces are a versatile, contemporary choice. An example? The Vienna Lounge Chair by Colé Italia — made from ultra-chic beech wood, this piece uses the subtle texture of rattan as a charming upgrade to classic furniture.
Through our careful curation process, we've scouted four brands that craft sustainable furniture ad decor for our community. Read on to discover the designers that believe rattan is more than a trend.
If you are seeking a quality furniture brand that brings out the best of Scandi and Mediterranean design, Colé Italia should be on your radar. Designers Matteo De Ponti and Laura Macagno took inspiration from classic mid-century silhouettes when they conceived Colé Italia and their affinity with modernist design is evident in their sleek, contemporary pieces. By uniting Scandinavian aesthetics with fine Italian craftsmanship, Colé Italia are championing creative design that marries artistic vision with sustainability.
Their rattan furniture, such as the Vienna Chair, harmonises natural finishes like beechwood with hand-woven Viennese straw to create striking, modern pieces that will be a talking point in your home. Don't just think trendy, think longevity.
From their humble beginnings as a small, one-man workshop, Kann Design have evolved over generations to manufacture artisan furniture with a focus on modern functionality. Founded in 1958 in Lebanon, Kann Design is a story about heritage—no wonder every quality piece is crafted to last. Inspired by the Danish mid-century style, each design is already a modern classic.
Their swoon-worthy rattan Split Screen is designed by Meghedi Simonian, co-founder of the latest generation of Kann and a design visionary. All of her rattan pieces are made of quality, hand-crafted materials, balancing a contemporary vision with the skill you can expect from a workshop with six decades of experience.
Good & Mojo
When you admire a Good & Mojo design, its hard to guess that most of their sculptural, dynamic lighting is crafted from recycled materials including wood chip and paper pulp. But that's what this Dutch brand are all about, as they produce sustainable lighting for a very good cause – with every piece sold, Good & Mojo donate to the WakaWaka Foundation, an organisation providing solar products to people in need. Handmade in Vietnam, these lamps are more than just trend pieces. Bringing together industrial forms with natural materials, we think the distinctive shapes of their bamboo lighting make a chic, architectural statement in any living space.
Designed in Denmark, inspired by the world, Motarasu craft elegant lighting and furniture with a simple philosophy—quality pieces, consciously designed, and made to last. Bringing together the best of Danish and Japanese design, a piece by Motarasu is memorable for its unique, fluid forms and innovative use of materials. Take their iconic Bamboo Sen Pendant Lamp, handmade in Japan using the traditional art of takesensuji. By playfully manipulating light and shadows, their use of 600 sustainable bamboo strips adds an air of sophistication to any room. Specialising in flowing shapes and neutral hues, Motarasu elevate furniture from mere functionality by turning daily living into a work of art.