If there’s one design trend that’s dominating homes — and Instagram feeds — across the world right now, it’s rattan. From daybeds and headboards to pendant lights, tables galore, outdoor seating and yes, even peacock chairs, rattan is an old-school material that has had a huge resurgence in popularity over the past few years. And this news is, unsurprisingly, music to interior designers’ ears.
“Rattan is all the rage because more folks are interested in inviting nature into their homes, yearning for that human/nature connection in this technological age,” says Justina Blakeney, founder of Jungalow and the visionary behind Target’s Opalhouse x Jungalow collab. “Also, the ’70s are having a moment in the design world, as is art deco-inspired design — and rattan played a big part in both ’70s decor and art deco furniture!”
Wondering what, exactly, rattan is? Us too. Not to be confused with wicker, which is a style of weave, rattan is an ultra-strong vine that is largely found in Southeast Asia. Durable and lightweight, the material is also beloved in the design world for its sustainability and warm hues and because it’s chock-full of texture. Says Ginger Curtis, owner and principal designer at the Texas-based firm Urbanology Designs, “It is incredibly versatile [and] can elevate a room with stunning elegance or it can bring a laid-back casual vibe into a space. Like a good pair of jeans, rattan can be dressed up or played down for a casual look.”