The History of Cane Chairs - The Newest Trend in the Restaurant Industry

12:10 | Fri | 05 March 2021

Cane or Wicker chairs have been around since ancient times originating in Egypt. Today they still play a significant role in the furniture industry.  Cane-back chairs are usually manufactured from weather-resistant plants and trees such as rattan and willow. Cane chairs have gained attention for their longevity, and flexibility and because they’re a lot easier to clean compared to upholstered chairs, especially in the Victorian era. Nowadays, wicker chairs are even more practical and aesthetically satisfying. They have a lighter and more natural texture and have been doing well in the furniture market as the industry is looking to bring outdoor furniture inside. The cane chairs are growing in demand, as the open-weave and graphic treatment of rattan – processes typical for antique chairs from the 19th century and dining chairs from the midcentury, are being reworked and redesigned to address current consumer needs. Caning is a primordial technique involving thin rattan strips being weaved in a multi-directional pattern. The first caned chairs are found in Egyptian tombs dating all the way back to 1000 B.C.


A few centuries forward and wicker chairs are the biggest trend in restaurant furniture.  During the 1800s canned chairs were mainly associated with English colonial furniture. Cane-back chairs were the go-to seating option for cafes.  Later, the design was revolutionized with a curved beechwood frame and round caned seat, giving them a more modern look.



Cane chairs weigh significantly less than wooden chairs or upholstered chairs, which makes them easier to transport. They are also resistant to different climates which makes them even more popular, especially in places with high humidity where it is always difficult to find suitable restaurant chairs. The popularity of cane-back restaurant chairs in the US has risen comparatively recent. The wicker restaurant chairs are perceived as innovative, modern pieces of furniture which fit with any décor and elevate the ambience of every venue.  Paired with luxe materials and curved shapes, the weave on the back has a modern feel of an ancient design.


Cane chairs have a history which gives them a sense of prestige and exclusivity.  In order to create a great ambience in your venue or elevate the atmosphere in your own home with this timeless trend, you can check out our amazing collection of cane chairs.

 

 

 

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