This Hard Maple Rattan chair is a prototype for a restaurant in TriBeca. The final Bench version of this chair will be 16′ long and have a chocolate / walnut finish while leaving the Rattan it’s natural cream color for some contrast. We will be updating the website as we progress.
About Rattan :
Rattan (from the Malay rotan) is the name for roughly 600 species of old world climbing palms. The climbing habit is associated with the characteristics of its woody stem, soft and flexible comparing to true wood derived from a typical secondary growth.
Generally, raw rattan is processed into several products to be used as materials in furniture making. The various species of rattan range from several millimetres up to 5–7 cm in diameter. From a strand of rattan, the skin is usually peeled off, to be used as rattan weaving material. The remaining “core” of the rattan can be used for various purposes in furniture making. Rattan is a very good material mainly because it is lightweight, durable, suitable for outdoor use, and—to a certain extent—flexible.
Rattans are extensively used for making furniture and baskets. When cut into sections, rattan can be used as wood to make furniture. Rattan accepts paints and stains like many other kinds of wood, so it is available in many colours; and it can be worked into many styles. Moreover, the inner core can be separated and worked into wicker.