Rattan – Lulu Lytle
Lulu Lytle is well placed to write a book about rattan as the company that she runs with Christopher Hodsoll, Soane, is one that has employed contemporary iterations of furniture made from this palm tree product. Their ripple console is a very modern use of the material and showcases how it can be woven to create sculptural forms.
This book, however, covers not just the contemporary use of rattan but also how it has been used historically, often evoking an air of glamour and exoticism. Rattan has appeared in Impressionist paintings but also in photographs of luminaries such as Marilyn Monroe and Gina Lollobrigida. It has been used for conservatory furniture but also for that staple of the 1970s the Peacock chair.
Much of the pleasure of this book is to be gained by the reproduction of photographs of rattan furniture in use through the years but there are also strong examples of the different uses to which the material has been put and how it is used today.
Hardback. 224 pages.
23.7cm x 31cm x 2.6cm