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Summer Lights: Playful Rattan Lamps, Sconces, and Pendants by Soane Britain

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Summer Lights: Playful Rattan Lamps, Sconces, and Pendants by Soane Britain

August 5, 2019

A couple weeks ago, we wrote about Swedish-born interior designer Beata Heuman’s charming London townhouse. (See A Rising Star’s Spirited London Home: ‘Every Room Should Sing!’). One of our favorite pieces in her home was a summery rattan pendant light that felt at once traditional and whimsical.

Turns out it’s from Soane Britain, a furniture and design company founded in 1997 and committed to supporting British hand-crafted production. In 2011, it even acquired England’s last surviving rattan weaving workshop—thus, its impressive collection of rattan wares.

Our favorites are its rattan lamps, pendants, and sconces, expertly made in Soane’s Leicestershire workshop. Have a look.

Soane employs three dedicated weavers with a combined experience of 130 years between them. Pictured is the classic Rattan Bottle Lamp.
Above: Soane employs three dedicated weavers with a combined experience of 130 years between them. Pictured is the classic Rattan Bottle Lamp.
Each piece is available in a slew of finishes. Pictured is the emerald Rattan Hanging Cone Light.
Above: Each piece is available in a slew of finishes. Pictured is the emerald Rattan Hanging Cone Light.
From the website: “Production starts with the making of a frame using thick canes that are steam bent into shape using wooden jigs. Thinner rattan strands are soaked in water baths to make them pliable before ‘randing’ (the weaving of strands between rattan stakes) and ‘wrapping’ (binding around the cane frames).” The Rattan Hanging Petal Light features a rippled rattan shade.
Above: From the website: “Production starts with the making of a frame using thick canes that are steam bent into shape using wooden jigs. Thinner rattan strands are soaked in water baths to make them pliable before ‘randing’ (the weaving of strands between rattan stakes) and ‘wrapping’ (binding around the cane frames).” The Rattan Hanging Petal Light features a rippled rattan shade.
Soane also makes rattan furniture and mirrors. The Rattan Conical Hanging Light measures 31.5 inches across.
Above: Soane also makes rattan furniture and mirrors. The Rattan Conical Hanging Light measures 31.5 inches across.
The classic double arms of the Vault Wall Light are wrapped in rattan.
Above: The classic double arms of the Vault Wall Light are wrapped in rattan.
The Rattan Daisy Hanging Light with Rope Chain, in small, measures 24 inches across.
Above: The Rattan Daisy Hanging Light with Rope Chain, in small, measures 24 inches across.
The Avon Wall Light with Rattan Shade comes in different metals (pictured is brass).
Above: The Avon Wall Light with Rattan Shade comes in different metals (pictured is brass).

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