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Woven Furnishings

INSPIRATION | September 19, 2023 | By Saxon Henry

Woven Furnishings

Woven furnishings bring immediate texture to a space and create an earthy interest due to the natural materials from which they are made, as you can see from the dynamic profiles of the Phebe chandeliers above. Each of these woven wonders we are highlighting today are among our offerings for spring 2023. We asked Janie Molster, whom we hosted for a book signing during spring market, about how adding woven natural materials to even the most refined interiors contributes to a room's success.

Designer Janie Molster answers our questions on the power of woven furnishings in interiors. Image credit Tasha Tolliver.

Designer Janie Molster answers our questions on the power of woven furnishings in interiors. Image credit Tasha Tolliver.

She answered, “Including organic elements throughout our interiors is a way to add immediate warmth to any room. In addition, we are always searching for a way to create friction in a room, knowing that the best rooms meld elements of high and low. Imagine a formal salon with a giltwood sofa clad in silk. A vintage wicker tea table would be the perfect surface to pair it with.” We wanted to know how she thinks about introducing natural materials to a room setting when she is looking at overall design. She so wisely answered, “Layer upon layer upon layer: that’s how rooms gain depth and interest. There are the obvious layers of carpets and fabrics in interior rooms. After that, natural fibers like rattan and wicker are logical go-to’s, and we often use woven material in a side table, chest, lamp, or chandelier. We also like to add something hard like a natural stone or concrete accent table and something delicate like a Murano glass bowl.”

What’s New in Woven Furnishings

You can see from this eclectic room how Janie incorporates woven elements into a space, in this instance, a wicker chair in the foreground left. Image credit Mali Azima.

You can see from this eclectic room how Janie incorporates woven elements into a space, in this instance, a wicker chair in the foreground left. Image credit Mali Azima.

You can see from Janie’s astute observations why her book, House Dressing: Interiors for Colorful Living, is so beautiful! In our own lineup, here are the latest and greatest offerings in woven furnishings that will easily accomplish what Janie has laid out above.

The Currey & Company Senjyo Tilted Orb Chandelier is among the company’s offerings in woven furnishings.

Hiroshi Koshitaka envisioned the Senjyo Tilted Orb Chandelier as one of a number of fixtures he sees as fulfilling Saisei, a concept that encompasses the acts involved in regeneration and reproduction as we restore, revive, and experience regrowth and rebirth. Rattan is woven around a wrought iron frame in stripes that graduate from a khaki finish to Bluebonnet and Cornflower blue finishes. With this tan and blue pendant, Koshitaka stays true to exploring his fascination with the Color Field tradition of the 1940s, which has been a constant in his repertoire for decades.

The Currey & Company Olisa Rope Desk is new for Spring 2023.

An earthy alternative to rattan and wicker, the Olisa Rope Desk is covered in braided abaca rope to bring a natural elegance to a room. The dexterity required to wrap a piece of furniture so skillfully makes this tan desk special. The artistic quality of this rope-wrapped desk makes it a stunning choice for a home office or a business-formal office in which style matters. This desk comes with a glass top that fits into the outer rim of the top and there is a beige finish inside its drawer. Aimee Kurzner designed this desk.

The Currey & Company Phebe Medium Chandelier is among the company’s offerings in woven furnishings.

The Phebe Medium Rattan Chandelier is a dynamic design by Clarence Mallari that showcases the talents of our weavers and his own skill at working with natural materials. The three-tier white chandelier has such a cohesive appearance because the circular wire frames are wrapped in the same material, then the ¬¬entire fixture has been bleached. The vanilla finish of the hardware keeps the design light and airy. Clarence was inspired by a natural material story when he designed the Phebe. We also have this fixture in a large version.

The Currey & Company Counterculture Cream Chandelier is new for Spring 2023.

The Counterculture Cream Chandelier is a throwback to the days when macrame was all the rage. The three-tiered chandelier is made of cotton thread that is woven into a pattern and onto a metal frame in a white finish. The hanging hardware is a clean rod rather than a chain for an updated contemporary feel and the bulbs are LED. This fixture, designed by Ian Thornton, will be a chameleon of design depending upon the style of the room it illuminates.

The Currey & Company Anisa Sea Sand Etagere is among the company’s offerings in woven furnishings.

The Anisa Sea Sand Etagere has a trick up its sleeve: because the frame that is covered in oak veneer is fitted with rattan cane panels, it is artfully attractive from all sides. The larger rattan sections are in a radio weave and the smaller ones in an open weave to mix it up and bring the tan etagere a dynamic textural quality. The cohesiveness of the straw-colored materials sets this tan etagere in a natural style story.

The Currey & Company Mereworth Medium Chandelier is new for Spring 2023.

The Mereworth Medium Chandelier has an octagonal wrought iron frame around which natural abaca rope has been painstakingly wrapped to create its shade. The rope chandelier emits a warm glow thanks to the color of the abaca. The material also lends the chandelier a nautical feel that makes it perfect for seaside retreats and oceanfront homes. One of the interesting design attributes about this fixture is how thick the structure is when seen from below.

The Currey & Company Aztec Rectangular Chandelier is among the company’s offerings in woven furnishings.

One of the most surprising inspirations we've seen in a while, the Aztec Rectangular Chandelier is shaped like an inverted taco! The designer, Clarence Mallari, is staying true to his desire to work with natural elements in surprising ways by having the shade covered in row upon row of small wood beads that have been whitewashed. Because the distressed finish still allows some of the wood tones to come through, there is an uptick in warmth; and the iron frame and hardware, in a white finish, teases out the paler tones in the beads.

The Currey & Company Sisal Screen is new for Spring 2023.

Diligent concentration and a talent for uniformity are imperative for the Sisal Screen to come to life because the construction requires that pandan leaves are twisted into rope and affixed to a solid oak frame in a swirl pattern. The way the circlets are organically placed enhances the textural feel of this neutral accent. The screen is finished on both sides and the hinges are dual action so they can move in both directions. The scalloped top is a design detail that will bring artfulness to the room in which it is placed. This earthy design, named for the port city in the Yucatan, is in the Marjorie Skouras Collection and the screen is one of our bestsellers for Spring 2023.

The Currey & Company Annabelle Pendants are among the company’s offerings in woven furnishings.

Suzanne Duin, who founded the Houston shop and design studio Maison Maison, conceived the Annabelle Small Pendant. Known for a keen eye in sourcing authentic French antiques and home accessories from around the globe, Suzanne created a line of woven light fixtures that are handmade by artisans in South Asia. The shade, made of water hyacinth, will bring both texture and French flair to a space, the braided edges fine treatments that reflect Parisian style. Infuse a breakfast nook with the lore of the city’s famous cafés with this woven pendant, which is au courant in a mix of natural and mole black finishes. We also offer the Annabelle in medium and large sizes. This small pendant is one of our bestsellers.

The Currey & Company Anisa Storage Bench is new for Spring 2023.

The Anisa Black Storage Bench, covered in Trailside Natural Instinct Safari fabric, combines several weaving techniques. The natural oak form in caviar black finish is fitted with rattan cane panels, while the larger rattan sections are done in a radio weave and the smaller ones in an open weave. Not only does this mix it up texturally, it adds interest to this piece that was designed by Aimee Kurzner. The parchment-colored seat and the plinth base on which it sits places this firmly in a natural and black style story. The generous size of the storage area will make it a favorite go-to spot for storing linens, toys or other accessories.

The Currey & Company Birdlore Vanilla Wall Sconce is among the company’s offerings in woven furnishings.

Made of expertly woven rattan that has been bleached, the Birdlore Vanilla Wall Sconce will be an expressive luminary in a space. The process to create this lovely sconce is intensive, as the rattan is submerged in water to make it pliable and then it is woven entirely by hand. The beige wall sconce with its two-tiered shade is a textural accent whether the lights are switched on or not. This is a perfect fixture for a natural material palette and for a room in which neutral colors create a soothing backdrop.

The Currey & Company Birdsong Floor Lamp is new for Spring 2023.

The knobby weave of water hyacinth that covers the Birdsong Floor Lamp, shown above on the left, takes an artisan a remarkable length of time to achieve to provide the surface with such visual consistency. Designed by Clarence Mallari, the rope floor lamp is statuesque in scale and is a cohesive composition with its finial that matches its body. An off-white linen drum shade adds to the incredible texture this woven floor lamp exudes.

The Currey & Company Olisa Rope Console Table is among the company’s offerings in woven furnishings.

An earthy alternative to rattan and wicker, the Olisa Large Rope Console Table is covered in braided abaca rope to bring a natural elegance to a room—it is shown above with the Mereworth. The dexterity required to wrap a piece of furniture so skillfully makes this tan console table special. Due to the increased size of this rope-wrapped console table, it will make a commanding statement in grandly scaled spaces, such as great rooms and statuesque foyers. The natural material in which it is wrapped also means it's fitting for coastal settings. This console table was designed by Aimee Kurzner.

The Currey & Company Annabelle Table Lamp is new for Spring 2023.

Suzanne Duin, who founded the Houston shop and design studio Maison Maison, conceived the Annabelle Table Lamp. Known for a keen eye in sourcing authentic French antiques and home accessories from around the globe, Suzanne has created a line of woven light fixtures that are handmade by artisans in South Asia. The shade is made of water hyacinth, which brings a textural artistry to the composition. Equally sophisticated is how the thin stem is wrapped in the same natural material. The mole black finish on the woven lamp contrasts the beige tones beautifully. This table lamp is among our bestsellers; as is the floor lamp. We also have a desk lamp version of the Annabelle.

The Currey & Company Kyoto Rattan & White Footed Bowl is among the company’s offerings in woven furnishings.

The Kyoto Rattan & White Footed Bowl was created by an intensive process that required three different artisans to achieve it: the carver of the mango wood bowl, the artisan who applied the white lacquer to it, and the rattan weaver who created and affixed the top portion to each. Working in concert, all three had a hand in the vessel's special aesthetics. Another aspect of this white vessel that makes it labor intensive is the marriage of the two materials, one rigid and one pliable. We also offer the Kyoto as a vase and as a bowl.

Embrace the Weave!

The Counterculture Cream Chandelier, featured above, is shown here with the Clotilde Cream Pendant.

The Counterculture Cream Chandelier, featured above, is shown here with the Clotilde Cream Pendant.

The next time you’re thinking you’d like some elemental texture in your interiors, tap an array of woven furnishings and they will do the trick. We’d like to thank Janie Molster for taking the time to share with us how she thinks about doing just that!