Byron Bay Hanging Chairs

There is just something about the iconic hanging chair that evokes instant relaxation. And it was love of the classic chair design that prompted Leanne Dunnings to start Byron Bay Hanging Chairs in 2014.

Photography: + Styling: Villa Styling  /  Words: Jacqui Greig

With her personal style a study in casual elegance, Leanne wants the furniture in her home to tell a story; “Hanging chairs have a feel-good nostalgia to them that I just love,” she explains. “I think we all need to slow down and enjoy the little things in life. A swing in a hanging chair can make you feel like a kid again for just a few seconds.”

Working with a family of skilled weavers in Java, Indonesia, Leanne designs a collection of chairs made from hand-foraged, sustainable rattan that results in completely unique pieces - no two are exactly alike, and some pieces take up to five days to make. 

 This image courtesy of  Byron Beach Abodes   /   Photography:   Jessie & Jones

This image courtesy of Byron Beach Abodes  /  Photography: Jessie & Jones

“Rattan furniture can add a genuine warmth to your home and, if cherished and looked after, can last a life time,” says Leanne. Although flexible and easy to bend, rattan is strong enough to be used structurally. Plus, it is extremely environmentally friendly; it doesn’t require fertilizers or pesticides, and re-grows at such a fast rate that it encourages preservation of forests and their wildlife.

The hanging chair is a versatile piece of furniture that works well in many situations, from an accent chair in the living room, to a reading nook in a playroom, or an escape on an undercover verandah.

“They are almost like a piece of art in your home. I have a few anchor points in my home and depending on the season and how I'm feeling I do move them around through the house,” says Leanne.  

“Rattan furniture can add a genuine warmth to your home and, if cherished and looked after, can last a life time.”

 This image courtesy of  Alanna Smit Designs

This image courtesy of Alanna Smit Designs

Byron Bay Hanging Chairs has grown to include handpicked products that Leanne has fallen in love with, including bar carts, chairs, loungers and day beds. In fact, many of the designs sell on preorder before they arrive.

And while you’re waiting for a favourite design to be re-stocked, you’ll be delighted to see some exciting new releases, including two new days beds, and a gorgeous baby bassinet – a guaranteed heirloom piece. Shop the collection by clicking here.