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trending: wicker & rattan seating

DesignRose FriesenComment

Also making a MAJOR comeback (see “crushing on credenzas”) is wicker and rattan seating. What began as a play on basket weaving in ancient Egypt circa 1341-1323 BC, wicker furniture eventually made it’s way to United States during the mid-19th century, when two American companies, Wakefield and Heywood (now Heywood-Wakefield), found themselves in fierce competition for the American wicker market. 

Given its airy, casual character, and association with traditional hand crafts, wicker continues to be a favorite from desert going bohemians to beach house owning traditionalists. 


We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites, including these cuties we spotted at Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach, California.

crushing on credenzas

DesignRose Friesen

From bathrooms in the U.S., to living rooms in Spain, one of the most functional, and beautiful pieces of furniture gracing interior designs is the credenza. The credenza was originally a functioning sideboard intended for the preparation and serving of food, and evolved in the late Middle Ages into a display for expensive plates and vessels. 

c/o Nuestra Vida Dulce

c/o Nuestra Vida Dulce

You could spend hours browsing thrift stores and furniture markets, but sites like Etsy, Chairish, and 1stdibs have done most of the work for you thanks to buyers, renovators, and dealers all over the world. These are just a few of my favorites (and all under $3,000).