Nylon cord, polyester thread and wire make bold new shapes and add panache to the ancient craft of weaving. Even rattan and straw are getting a radical rethink along with string and rush.
British designer makers, working to commission by hand, push lines to new extremes, while jaunty colours transform traditional baskets from across the globe. Furniture that's weatherproof is also chic enough to use indoors.
Wound string chairs, come in pink, turquoise, white or multicolour, and are resilient and comfortable, for indoors or out. Priced £120. A matching table with clear-glass top costs £55. From Graham and Green, with a new flagship store at 2 The Colonnades, 36 Porchester Road, Bayswater, W2 (020 8987 3752). Smaller branches are in W11 andNW1 (grahamandgreen.co.uk).
Striking new shapes in rattan bring a little drama to Habitat this summer. “We realised we could give simple cane a modern makeover — it’s so versatile and light, and sustainable, too,” says Polly Dickens, creative director, who spent a few months exploring workshops in Indonesia.
The tall-backed Harpa chair costs £225 and creates a sheltered place to sit. Benches, below, start at £225 (sale price). From habitat.co.uk, with stores in Tottenham Court Road, W1; King’s Road, SW3; and Finchley Road, NW3.
Woven rope makes strong graphic images for new Diamond Rope wallpaper, by London designer Ella Doran. Digitally printed on high-grade Forestry Stewardship Council-certified paper, it’s part of the new Nautical range that includes cushions, tablemats and coasters (elladoran.co.uk).