I just need to get something off my chest. I’ve had this weird obsession with cane backed chairs my entire life. They’re one of those things that have come in and out of fashion over and over. Some people see caning and think of their grandmother’s furniture. I certainly do, and maybe thats why I love them. Besides the whole, whats old is new, refreshing come back quality, they are the perfect pieces to bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary furniture.
Having worked at a contemporary furniture company, I’ve had to find ways to reconcile my love for the warm and cozy traditional furniture that I grew up with and the minimalist, contemporary look that I am equally drawn to. I’ve found that warmth and texture are the only common threads tying all my design preferences together. For me, the simplest way to mesh styles is to focus on pieces with a lot of texture and depth — Thus the caned chair works as the perfect bridge between say, an industrial dining table with metal and wood, and the ornately carved antique sideboard next to it. The caning takes what could be overly ornate and gives it a lighter, more casual feel. Or it takes what could be too stark and contemporary, and gives it a subtle transitional quality.
There’s a sense of tradition and timeless sophistication to a Thonet Cafe Chair… the second you look at it you’re transported to a French Cafe. Who doesn’t want to spend every morning perched on one of these chairs, sipping an espresso and pondering the meaning of life?
If you’re not on board with my obsession, I completely understand. If you are, here are some gorgeous examples for your viewing pleasure: