Angie Hranowsky

Natural Beauty

July 06, 2011

Every really good space needs a mix of materials and textures. It adds depth and interest. Natural materials like rattan, wicker and bamboo are among my favorites. There is a warmth and quality to them that can make a formal room feel inviting or a casual room feel chic. Of course it's also my love of all things tropical. The warmer, the greener, the more exotic the more I love it. Rattan is solid, flexible and light weight making it perfect for furniture while bamboo is hollow and somewhat more brittle. Wicker is a weaving process that can really be made with anything from bamboo reeds to plastic. What I especially love are rattan and wicker pieces that are modern and unexpected. Old or new, natural or painted, these materials find their way into almost every house that I design.  
A classic california room by Michael Taylor

McGuire's famous rattan Butterfly Chair
A classic room by John Saladino

House & Garden c. 1960

Thailand's Soneva Kiri Resort designed by Olav Bruin

Dana Harper via Tria Giovan

A classic room by John Saladino

via Elle Decoration
A room by the great Billy Baldwin

1940's Italian Bamboo & Rattan Chair and Ottoman

Design Bureau

July 05, 2011

Design Bureau is one of my favorite design magazines. They cover everything from architecture and product design to fashion and typography. Naturally, I was thrilled when they asked to feature my work. They chose to focus on my use of pattern, texture and color and asked me to pull together some selections as though I was designing a space specifically for them, and of course that's always fun!