Traditionally, cane has been categorised as an option solely for garden furniture. However, due to its versatile nature and easy care routine, it is now increasingly finding its way in the interiors as well.
“Cane furniture can be used as accents in the living room or the extended room space. There are sofa sets, dining sets, wastebaskets, blinds, magazine racks, laundry baskets, chest of drawers that can easily be crafted out of cane and last for 30 years and more,” says cane furniture designer, Manju Singh. And for the furniture’s longevity, Singh uses stainless steel nails and leather binding. “Cane gives a light and fresh look to compact houses. Additionally, it compliments any theme, especially Balinese and Zen. One can throw in some interesting cushions as well,” suggests interior designer Monica Kamal.
“Cane is natural and re-grows fast. It doesn’t harm the environment in any way,” says Kamal. The traditional fine weaving or wicker weaving can be experimented with by incorporating a wooden or metal frame and leather binding. “Cane furniture must not be subjected to extreme weather conditions. And the good thing is that cane frames can be easily washed using a mild detergent in lukewarm water. Remember that if the framework is very light, it implies that it is not of high quality,” explains Singh. Singh, whose exhibition eight years ago was a mega success, is holding another one with her latest cane furniture and accessories creations.
Vetasa, at Chinmaya Centre, Lodhi Road from April 2 to April 6