The Woven Cane Edit

 Hotel Panache Paris

Hotel Panache Paris

The comeback kid of 2017 has to be woven cane – we’re seeing it pop up everywhere, from hotels to trade shows to fashion runways.

Words Loni Parker

 Fred International stand at Denfair, featured a large-scale woven cane screen.

Fred International stand at Denfair, featured a large-scale woven cane screen.

I remember as a kid, my family had this very 80s, green bamboo print sofa – with a woven cane panel at the bottom of it. Me and my sister would naughtily kick the bottom of the sofa when we sat on it. Between us and the cat (which used to use the cane section as its own personal scratching pad), it’s fair to say the sofa looked pretty bruised and battered after a few mere months. I really hated that sofa and when I see old photographs with it in the background I shudder at the thought of it.

It’s probably that reason why then, when I first saw woven cane rear its ugly head recently, that I had mixed feelings about its steadily rising popularity. But like most trends, they tend to wear you down after a while, and all of a sudden you actually find yourself liking it again. Well that is precisely what has happened to me, my friends. I’m now on board the woven cane express train – toot, toot!

There’s just something almost Parisian about the look of it, mixed in with a casual coastal flavour that I’m all about lately. Heck, I’m even considering buying new dining chairs with a hint of woven cane. Isn’t it funny how the passing of time can change our minds!