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Wicker furniture in the interior

Wicker furniture in the interior

Wicker furniture invariably evokes associations with summer, untouched nature and relaxation in the country. However, the scope of its use is much wider than the traditional design of the rooms of a country house or a country terrace.

Today, elegant and light furniture made from thin branches of the vine is becoming more and more popular, and the variety of types and models of wicker furniture can capture the imagination of any homeowner.

Of course, even today, not every owner of an ordinary city apartment decides to decorate the interior design with the help of twig furniture. And absolutely in vain!

Wicker furniture

Modern wicker furniture fits perfectly into almost any interior style, harmoniously combined with both strict classics and high-tech high-tech. Even a single object made from twigs of different types of wood can set the tone for the entire interior and, of course, will not go unnoticed.

Of course, most often wicker furniture can be seen on open terraces, balconies and gazebos. However, the scope of its use is much wider and includes all the rooms of an ordinary city apartment.

It is believed that the ancient Egyptians began to create pieces of furniture from interweaving of thin wood rods for the first time and it was about three to four thousand years ago. Then wicker furniture migrated to Ancient Rome, where at first it was considered plebeian, too cheap and simple to decorate the living rooms of the patricians.

However, very soon this attitude changed radically – wicker baskets turned out to be a surprisingly convenient place for storage, and it was very convenient to sit on soft wicker seats for long evenings during magnificent feasts.

In Europe, wicker furniture first appeared in England. The Great British Empire, in the course of its colonial conquests, adopted many of the customs of other peoples, and the British immediately appreciated the unique properties and strength of wicker furniture. Even in the damp British climate, with the famous English fogs and rains, rattan furniture served the owners perfectly for several years, and not indoors, but on open terraces.

After such a successful “debut”, wicker furniture conquered all of Europe and migrated to America. However, in the USSR, such products were presented very modestly – rocking chairs were especially popular, in which pensioners usually spent time and children loved to swing.

Remember these light chairs that stood in almost every Soviet dacha? Unfortunately, the locally made furniture was of poor quality, and the legs had to be wrapped with duct tape for greater strength.

And often such “decorations” appeared on other parts of a very comfortable chair with all this.

What is wicker furniture made of and what happens

One of the advantages of wicker furniture is that it is usually made exclusively from natural materials. That is why now, when special attention is paid to the issues of ecology and the “green” home, products from wood vines have turned out to be so popular and in demand.

Wicker furniture is created from the following materials:

  • cane;
  • rattan;
  • water hyacinth;
  • abacus;
  • willow vine;
  • reeds;
  • bamboo;
  • walnut rods;
  • sea ​​grass;
  • manila hemp;
  • straps made of natural or artificial leather;
  • rep tapes;
  • mimbra, the Latin American analogue of rattan.

Of course, there are also models created from plastic rods, and in appearance such furniture is practically no different from its wooden “brothers”, and its cost is much lower.

Modern technologies also allow the creation of synthetic materials that completely mimic the prototype. For example, the so-called techno-rattan was invented, which is very similar to its natural “namesake”, is not inferior to it in terms of strength, but costs significantly less.

The choice of material depends mainly on the country of origin and the characteristics of the local flora. It is clear that wicker furniture from wicker and reeds is created much more often in Russia, bamboo products are widespread in Asia, and rattan products are widespread in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

The durability and appearance of wicker furniture depend on the material of manufacture. Rattan is especially durable and easily tolerates changes in temperature and humidity, reed furniture cannot be called resistant, it is rather seasonal, and bamboo tables and chairs look too rough in the eyes of a European.

A set of traditional bamboo furniture. It looks quite exotic and immediately turns the room into a real bungalow.

The features of this material do not allow you to create elegant weaves, but bamboo is amazingly durable and such furniture will not be demolished for many, many years.

Today, literally anything is made from wood vines and plastic rods: tables, bookcases, couches, chairs, sofas, armchairs, beds, cabinets, laundry and food baskets.

Recently, there has been a fashion for the creation of completely abstract products, since the flexibility of the vine allows you to experiment with shapes and sizes.

Fastening elements are important for the strength and reliable service of wicker furniture: natural glue, self-tapping screws, dowels and screws. Their quality determines how long the life of the product will be, how long the vine will be able to maintain its original appearance.

And one more important nuance – wicker furniture is usually used in combination with elements from other materials. So, sitting on an uneven interlaced seat is not very comfortable, so soft pillows are indispensable.

In the case of a wicker sofa, this is even more important – such pieces of furniture always have, in addition to the back and armrests, also soft seats and a back. And wicker tables always have a table top made of more even materials: wood, plastic or glass.

We can confidently say that wicker furniture, which is made specifically for city apartments, has lost its “dacha” look. Vine and twig elements combined with leather, wood, glass and plastic look very modern and stylish.

The highlight of the interior

Wicker furniture looks charming in any room of the house and its contribution to the design of the original interior cannot be underestimated. At the same time, elegant sofas and chairs made of wicker are very functional and are not inferior in convenience to ordinary pieces of furniture made of wood or metal.

With wicker furniture, you can completely furnish the entire room and even the entire spacious cottage. If you like just such furniture – do not be afraid to overdo it, the room will not be boring, because wicker furniture can be of any colors and shapes. Although a single set of one shade, as in this photo, makes the room especially elegant.

Best of all, of course, wicker furniture looks in an ethnic style interior. For example, furniture made from natural materials always predominates in a Mediterranean interior, only in this case it is worth choosing a set from a light vine – dark shades will be somewhat inappropriate.

Among other interior styles in which wicker furniture will feel “like a fish in water”, one can note country style, English style, exotic African, Asian, Chinese and Japanese styles.

And this is not at all surprising – in the culture of almost all countries, wicker products occupied a special place. Remember at least Russian bast shoes, Little Red Riding Hood’s basket, a basket in which the bear carried Masha, and African drums on a frame of twigs.

In Asia, mats were widely used, which were not just rugs, but a piece of furniture – they not only dined on them, but also rested, and also decorated windows. And today, almost all ethnic styles still use wicker furniture, which in this case will have a pronounced national flavor.

If wicker furniture is used in the English style, one cannot do without textile elements – pillows and bedspreads. They will give softness and urban gloss to the usual “braid”.

Wicker furniture in our country became more popular after the technology of building houses from timber, as well as the Canadian technology of building buildings based on a wooden frame, became widespread.

Indeed, in the interior of a wooden house, wicker furniture will look the best, perfectly combined with walls made of timber and logs.

Due to its resistance to moisture, wicker furniture is also actively used in bathrooms. Moreover, these are not only baskets for linen made of wicker, but also full-fledged armchairs and chairs. Of course, the use of such furniture is only possible if the size of the bathroom allows.

Among all the undoubted advantages of wicker furniture, one can note its versatility – it looks equally harmonious in the interior in any style – from ultra-modern hi-tech to rustic country. She is beautiful, elegant and able to bring a touch of lightness and natural harmony even to the most ordinary urban interior.

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