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Rattan Revival: New and Vintage Wicker from Atelier Vime in Provence

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Rattan Revival: New and Vintage Wicker from Atelier Vime in Provence

April 4, 2018

As Anthony Watson and Benoît Rauzy explain it, the two bought a hôtel particulier, a grand 18th-century town house overlooking the Rhone River in the village of Vallabrègues, in Provence, and its renovation led them to revive the local wicker industry.

Their house, you see, had once been the headquarters of a thriving business devoted to harvesting and weaving local rattan into baskets and furnishings. Thanks to its proliferation of palm and willow trees, and location on the river (where reeds can be soaked), Vallabrègues was at one point the biggest basket producer in France. But the local rattan furniture industry had entirely disappeared when Watson, a British-French stylist, and Rauzy, a water- and energy-use consultant, delved into their property’s history and decided to create their own startup. They recruited Raphäelle Hanley, a Paris-based designer with impressive credits (Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, Cartier) to “cultivate the art of the line.” Together the three now run Atelier Vime, a collection of contemporary and vintage designs made of rattan and other natural materials. And in case you fall as hard as we did, the answer is yes, they ship most pieces worldwide.

Photography courtesy of Atelier Vime.

New Rattan Designs

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Above: Watson and Rauzy’s remodeled house serves as both workshop and showroom (open by appointment to decorators). Atelier Vime Éditions, their collection of new designs made by area wicker workers, are, they point out, “a direct contribution to the preservation of the local ecosystems.”

Shown here, the XXL Aramis Suspension light has “a metal structure dressed in rattan” that takes 40 hours to weave. The XXL is €2,640 and XL is €1,980. The coffee table is the XXL Rattan Marquetry Low Table of patinated steel inset with rattan and marble; price on request.

a rattan marquetry and black metal side table, price on request, and the “ed 10
Above: A Rattan Marquetry and Black Metal Side Table, price on request, and the “Edith” Lamp, €459, an iron tripod with a wicker shade that comes in five styles. The armchair is a vintage canvas and metal design.
Wondering about the difference between rattan and wicker? The two are often used interchangeably, but technically rattan is a type of climbing palm vine, and wicker is the technique used to weave it.

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Above: The Solo Pendant Light, €235, comes with a fabric-covered cord in black, beige, or gold.
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Above: Rattan-framed mirrors are a revived South of France tradition. The Studio Vime XXL Rattan Mirror is €850. Custom sizes are also available.

Atelier Vime Vintage

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Above: Atelier Vime has an ever-changing inventory of vintage French rattan designs in good condition and with original patina. Prices are all on request. Currently on offer, this pair of Georges Coslin Rattan Chairs with Coffee Table, designed in 1956.
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Above: From the Atelier Vime archive, a recently sold 1960s Rattan Daybed.
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Above: Decorative rope designs are another Atelier Vime specialty. Currently on offer: this Audoux-Minet Rope Table Lamp, circa 1950, from the French Riviera.
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Above: The perfect summer seating, a 1960s Rattan Canape.
a rattan and wood coffee table from the \1960s paired with an eames molded ply 17
Above: A Rattan and Wood Coffee Table from the 1960s paired with an Eames molded plywood dining chair and woven hemp armchair.
Wicker season is nearly here. For more inspiration and sourcing ideas, see:

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