This summer woven furniture has become a must — but not the bland beige kind. Leading designers have given traditional wicker and raffia inventive and colourful new twists to lend any space an instant update.
1. MARNI CHAIRS
High-end Italian fashion label Marni’s limited edition of 100 chairs, produced by ex-inmates of Colombian jails, are handmade in the country’s north-eastern city of San Gil using salvaged metal frames and multi-coloured PVC threads woven around seatbacks and armrests.
Proceeds go to the institute ICAM of Milan, a project to allow children of imprisoned mothers to live in a family environment.
First shown — and snapped up — at the pop-up Marni boutique at Milan furniture fair, the seats, priced from £161 to £363, are now gold dust. Look out for future ranges at marni.com
2. PLAY PATIO LIGHT
Made from wicker with strong metal bases and two-tone shades, Play patio lights are from ubiquitous designer Philippe Starck for outdoor furniture brand Dedon.
Available with chalk/carbon; chalk/terracotta; terracotta/stone, and platinum/titanium finishes they come in oversized Anglepoise, standard lamp (pictured) and pendant light versions. Expect to splash out £2,000-plus (uber-interiors.com) for which you’ll get an über-stylish terrace accessory.
3. CAMPANA BOWL
The Campana Brothers’ bowl is made from a “repurposed” scooter tyre and wicker. Produced for Design With Conscience, a project by Artecnica that pairs leading designers with artisans in the developing world, each item is made by Hai Tai rattan weavers and women weavers from the Hmong mountain region of Vietnam through non-profit organisation Craft Link.
A worthy investment (from £62; artecnicainc.com).
4. ALEXANDER ROSE HUTS
If you want to get ahead, get a hut. Alexander Rose provides the ideal bolthole from summer showers. Each hut is made from woven fibres to create a strong and weatherproof wigwam-style shelter.
The Ocean range (£1,199 to £2,299; alexander-rose.co.uk) is available with cosy full enclosure or cut-out sides so you can enjoy views of your rain-soaked garden.
5. RAMI TAREEF CHAIRS
Young Israeli designer Rami Tareef creates chairs with geometric patterns by wrapping polypropylene cords around steel-rod frames. Alternating colours of cord create a secondary pattern in the weave that emphasises the chair’s structure.
The pieces are the product of the COD (Crafts Oriented Design) Project, in which Tareef updates traditional weaving methods. He applies skills learnt from a wicker craftsman in the Old City of Jerusalem to contemporary forms and materials. Priced at £2,176, they are available from outdoorzgallery.com/rami_x
6. FLO STOOL
Spanish architect/designer Patricia Urquiola has created a red-and-white lozenge-pattern wicker stool for Conran. With a painted steel frame, it is a practical piece that will add warmth to any kitchen.
Made to order, these charmers are available online or at the Chelsea shop (£561; conranshop.co.uk).