Trends come and go but there is one that has been prevailing over the others in latest years: Slow Life, an invitation to take a slower, calmer approach to life. The interior design industry has reacted to this trend by returning to a more natural and understated style. Natural materials and ancient natural fibre braiding techniques have been rescued from the trunk of memories to inject a breath of fresh air into the home décor. Along with the rise of natural fibre items, mesh furniture has proved a leading trend this year.
Focused on market trends, contemporary furniture specialist CAMINO A CASA has just launched SAFARI, a collection of living room furniture with a charming vintage appeal that responds to the search for authenticity and natural beauty. It includes a bookcase, a high cabinet, a sideboard and a TV bench, all of them made of natural ash veneers and embellished by precious golden feet and handles. But their most outstanding feature is indeed the cannage that decorates doors and side panels.
Cannage style or how the mesh furniture is back to stay
But what exactly is cannage? It consists of braiding thin strips of rattan creating surfaces that for century have woven the seat of chairs and rocking chairs made by craftsmen from Southeast Asia. It became very popular in Europe in the XIX century as the English began to incorporate it into their home décor. In the XX century, cannage inspired authentic iconic pieces of design, such as the CESCA chair by Marcel Breuer (1928), the CHANDIGARH chair by Pierre Jeanneret (in the ‘50s) and more recently the PIANI small furniture by Patricia Urquiola for Editions Milano (2018).
Cannage has had a long successful history since then - do you remember those chairs or that old rocking chairs with a mesh seat and backrest in the good old days? - till the current rediscovery as a décor element that provides strength and beauty to the furniture. If backrests and seats in chairs and armchairs are more linked to retro pieces rescued from antiquarians, mesh doors in furniture are a new stylistic resource that the most innovative design studios have incorporated into their latest furniture collections.
The SAFARI Collection, vintage inspirations for a fresh, charming look
CAMINO A CASA has made the most of cannage’s chameleonic features as this type of finish blends perfectly in Nordic, rustic and boho home décor, but it can be perfect also for classic or mid-century styles.
Your lounge space will acquire a boho look if you combine any of the sideboards or the bookcase with the SPACE armchairs, covered in an intriguing tropical-inspired fabric. Ethnic and Nature-inspired décor for a relaxed, calm atmosphere…
If you go for more contemporary styles, you can give an industrial chic look to your dining space by complementing the SAFARI bookcase or high cabinets with the WOOD table and the elegant ICON GRIS chairs. A hint of contemporary glam that won’t be unnoticed…
Design a contemporary, comfortable home-office by combining the SAFARI cabinets with the PEAKS desk and the ergonomic ZETA swivel chair. For a more informal look for smaller corners try the TRANSPARENT desk that provide the space with visual lightness and timeless appeal.
The weft of natural fibres produces holes that lighten the pieces and, therefore, can be a particularly good choice for small houses where meters are scarce. The mesh technique may seem unsound but nothing is so far from the truth. Cannage is actually is very resistant and at the same time flexible, which makes it perfect for seats or backs of chairs or armchairs, for example, offering seating comfort and resistance to weight.
Like any piece of natural fibre, mesh furniture has an extraordinary quality: it is light, fresh, warm and charmingly retro. For its look and feel, in summer mesh furniture is fresh and light, while in winter, it looks warm and inviting thanks to the natural tan colour that the fibres usually have.
SAFARI, the best collection for every season and every environment…
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