We love this pair of beauties! Beautiful, sculptural, minimal. We have a soft spot for vintage wicker homewares and have bought & sold a fair number of wicker chairs, footstools, baskets, sewing boxes etc in our time. Wicker may seem like something of a ‘country house’ material, but it also looks at home in a modernist city pad.
These wicker chairs are currently for sale by & in support of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices*. The starting bid is £50 but you can also buy them now for £150. They’re buyer to collect from Thetford in Norfolk.
*East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. They provide care and support wherever the family wishes in families’ own homes, in hospital or at one of their hospices in Ipswich, Milton and Quidenham.
According to Wikipedia, ‘Wicker is woven fibre formed into a rigid material, most often used for baskets or furniture.‘ But wicker isn’t just for baskets and furniture, it’s used in homewares in lots of creative, attractive and affordable ways.
Wicker is usually done with willow but lots of other natural (and some man-made) materials are used; rattan, cane, bamboo, water hyacinth, sea grass, rush, raffia, straw… and even banana fibre!
In our last house we had sea grass flooring that was beautiful, hard-wearing, red wine stain-resistant and lovely to walk on in bare feet. We had a vintage cane hanging chair that was a magnet for all young children that came to visit. We have a stack of woven baskets, picnic hampers and a huge industrial laundry basket where we keep all manner of things tidy, hidden and out of the way.
- Hamper: £90, Fortnum & Mason
- Floor matting: from £165 per sq m + VAT, Rush Matters
- Woven rattan underplate: £13, OKA
- White wooden rattan ball fairy light string: £14.99, Amazon
- KASTANJENÖT bowl, water hyacinth, white: £10, IKEA
- Nick Munro Spheres tea infuser: £65, Occa Home
- Wicker Valley trolley with extended handle: £52, Wayfair
- Wicker shopper: £20 H is for Home