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