What sets rattan apart from its cousins—think bamboo, cane, and seagrass—is its flexibility and built-in strength. Derived from the tough inner core of the rattan plant, the material spiked in popularity in the early 1800s when it was used to create wicker furniture. Centuries later, rattan continues to be a crowd pleaser.
Urban Outfitters could barely keep up with demand when it introduced its Marte furniture line last year, and Serena and Lily consistently creates the rattan seating of our patio dreams. West Elm, Restoration Hardware, and Pottery Barn have all added their own spin, but few brands can match IKEA’s prices.
Renewable, and often used as a replacement for wood, rattan feeds into IKEA’s increasing focus on sustainability. If the 2020 catalog is any indication, we can expect many more stylish statement pieces in our future. Here’s what we’re currently coveting.
This breezy chair belongs in a beach house, but even if there’s no sand in sight, you’ll be able to make the most of long dinners with its specially designed armrests and supportive seat. Throw in the NORNA chair pad for added comfort.
Ideal for organizing office supplies, magazines, loose cords, or random clutter—these natural-fiber bins make storage feel a little extra zen.
Pictured here with the accompanying bed frame, this textured headboard jives with a variety of styles, from boho to glam. Take it a step further with built-in side tables.