Wicker has been around since the Ancient Egyptians, when reeds were used to fashion small pieces of furniture like tables and chairs. A common misconception about wicker is that it’s an outdated material, however the exact opposite is actually the case.
Wicker has taken a big step forward within the interior design space this spring. It’s the perfect look for a skandi upgrade with a more contemporary look. Play with coastal or Miami-inspired looks. Even a retro '80s or urban style will pair with wicker in a refined and interesting way this spring. We’ll see a contemporary approach to wicker applied to furniture, like statement chair backs, doors of cabinets, tall boys, cupboards and so much more.
Furniture suppliers and designers from Thonet & Space Furniture to Globewest and Ikea are all on board the wicker wagon, with beautiful products getting the breezy, spring look when paired with oak, ash or even black timbers.Similarly, the wicker look works with all manner of colour and material palettes, from concrete floors to oak or greyed oak timbers through to dark ebony or japan black stains.
Pairing items from similar periods and styles is the key to using wicker well. The same principal which applies to all great interiors also applies to the use of wicker. Look for elements to referencing leg or arm shape, thickness and style of furniture. Additionally, look for elements that contrast the natural woven form such as colour, pattern and upholstery.
Get the Carpet Court Look
1. Balmain Oak Builders’ Line Timber in Baltimore
2. Palazzo Timber in Vintage Oak Matt
3. N. 811 Chair (Space Furniture)