Design trends: weaving

Designers keen to embrace craft have taken weaving to their hearts, using not just traditional willow and cane, but also plastics — and bang up-to-date bright colour.
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1. Contemporary baskets
Unusual baskets and accessories are part of the woven trend. Habitat has multicoloured Logan bottle carriers, £20, and a range of bright Kalo wicker baskets, from £45. It also has large one-off pieces on sale in a new exhibition, Interwoven (from March to April 28, 2013) at its Platform gallery in its store at 208 King's Road. There you will find these contemporary baskets and vessels from Swaziland-based Philippa Torne, made by a community project Gone Rural, and priced £80 to £4,000. Visit
2. Sun days
Adaptation of traditional weaving methods and ethnic patterning is another element of the trend. Italian design company Moroso has commissioned leading designers to work in plastics, mostly polythene, using African weaving techniques. Bibi Seck and Ayse Birsel's M'Afrique series includes Bayekou chairs (£660) with more than a nod to West African textile patterns, and enormous Shadowy armchairs (£1,704) and footstools by Tord Bontje. Moroso is at 7-15 Rosebery Avenue, EC1 (020 3328 3560).
3. Dixon with an S
Visit the Aram Store to find more traditional weaves, like Tom Dixon's sensuous wicker S chair for Cappellini (£1,130, pictured) and the Marcel Breuer Chesca chair in beech and chrome-plated steel with a cane back, £899. Aram Store, 110 Drury Lane WC2 (020 7556 7557;
4. Two into one
Bold colour and graphic pattern in the weave is a key part of the trend. W&Q, two young Asian designers (one studied textiles, the other graphics) have just won the Dulux Best Use of Colour in Homes and Interiors section in the Dulux Let's Colour Awards 2013, with Redesign: Rebirth, their range of bamboo furniture in brilliant reds, pinks and greens. The forms are geometric: large ovals combined with rectangles, in an intriguing mix of contemporary patterns and colours, made in traditional bamboo woven and mounted on steel frames. Prices on application. Visit
5. Lloyd Lloyd boom
Old materials, new applications, are in. Long-established traditional woven-paper furniture makers Lloyd Loom have teamed up with designers including Gareth Neal and Chris Eckersley to create exciting new pieces with their twisted paper-on-wire material, which is then woven. The designs stem from a project called The Elves and the Chair, in which five designers took over the Lloyd Loom factory in Lincolnshire for the weekend and let their imaginations run riot. Gareth Neal's Tomlinson armchair is from £525, Chris Eckersley's Spalding armchair is from £575. The new designs will be on sale shortly. Contact Lloyd Loom of Spalding (01775 712 111;

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