Traditional weaving techniques, such as those used to make rattan and wicker, are being reinterpreted by contemporary manufacturers to create design-led seating. From new experimental forms to new eco materials, these designs are making us change the way we think about woven furniture.
Part of Moroso's M'Afrique Collection, the handwoven Banjooli chair by Sebastian Herkner is inspired by the mating dance of male ostriches and is made using woven threads that are normally used for making fishing nets.
Launched earlier this year in Milan, the sinuously-shaped Tina lounge chair by Italian architect Benedetta Tagliabue of EMBT for Spanish brand Expormim is made from hand woven natural, peeled and tinted rattan.
Stephen Burks' Dala furniture collection for Dedon is woven from strands of a new ecological fibre created from recycled food and drinks packaging and recycled polyethylene. The result is an artificial material that mimics natural fibers with a texture similar to leather.
Using mimbre de cuenca, a natural fiber that is similar to wicker or rattan, Spanish design studio Micomoler has created the Duler chair. Looping around a lacquered steel frame, the chair's seat is made from one continuous structure.