ORANGE ALERT: SOANE WICKER AND RATTAN INSTANTLY BRIGHTEN A ROOM

by Marisa Marcantonio


There is something special about a company that maintains what would otherwise be a dying or outsourced craft, keeping it alive. Soane, the British furniture and lighting company known for its superb new classics designed by Lulu Lytle, maintains the highest of standards while creating British-made designs. Bringing her distinctly British design sensibility and attention to craft  to her loyal followers, she continues to amaze with the inspired-by-the-past designs she dreams up. Once you become a Soane admirer, you begin to covet and appreciate each and every detail, from the hand-hammered metalwork to the whimsical design elements. When Lytle had the opportunity to acquire a Victorian-era wicker factory in England, she did, and she creates some of the most interesting and intricate wicker designs in the age-old weaving technique the same craftspeople have passed down from generation to generation.  I have covered her wicker designs here and the additional designs she creates continue to amaze. This season, she has launched some new natural material pieces with lattice detailing and woven accents in the most fantastic shade of bright orange, the color of a fiery sunset. Needless to say, I adored these colorful additions the moment I laid eyes on them. 

Photos courtesy of Soane

Photos courtesy of Soane

The woven lattice sides of their new Bird Cage Lantern must cast the most amazing shadows when lit at night. This piece has such presence, it has a classic lantern silhouette, but the woven material and painted orange finish give it a modern spin.

Rattan Jurassic Lamp's shape was inspired by an Islamic antiquity. Woven in rattan, it has a purity of design, the essence of simplicity.

The Hurlingham Bookcase is a companion piece to the Bird Cage Lantern, with the same lattice detailing on its sides and vivid orange hue. I think this piece would make a great addition to an entry hall or as an open sideboard in a dining room, since it provides tons of storage.

Their Gregory Console, comprised of cane and woven rattan provides four drawers of storage and a lower shelf for additional stacks of stuff