Jun 14, 2010

Inspirations - Cane Backed Chairs

I need to confess. I have a soft spot for cane backed chairs, arm chairs in particular. There is a special love for a few Anglo/ dutch style furniture pieces. And when I looked for cane and wood chairs, a few french chairs figured in the "like" list. Like many, I love vintage hand me down furniture and really wish I inherited something as divine as these. I get drawn to organic and earthy looking furniture. It has been a dream to own one of these...colonial plantation chair with a matching ottoman
or one of these
source: wicker-repair-com

Among the few pieces I would love to own, are a pair of cane backed arm chairs. Ever since I saw then in a house tour post on Apartment therapy, my hunt has become pretty serious. One look at them and I knew I had to have them ...lol

 source: apartmenttherapy

My hunt led me to create another inspirations folder ..funny me!!. Here is my collection of varied models and styles.

Thought I would begin with a pair of bentwood (thonet style) arm chairs - Circa 1940's. They are a straight back so may not work well in a lounge /living area set up. These seem more like a dining /captain chair variety
source: antiquearts-com

Straight backs with a southern style porch rocker look. (similar to Brumby rockers)
source: danripley-com
Now for a few French Parlour style curved back or barrel back chairs...French style vintage pair...not sure of the wood though


source: frenchchair-com

source: apartmenttherapy

Very ornate ones but without the upholstery

source: jansantique
Straight back  parlour chair with removable cushions. Straight panel weaving gives the chair a very traditional vintage look.

sourece: objectsintheloft-com

Another straight back with honey comb weave

source: wisteria-com

Loved this chair and rocker combination
source: craigslist

Next in line...Danish modern inspirations....
 source: designedconnected-com

Jens Risom classic lounge chairs Circa 1950's


Can you stop drooling over this set, currently on sale by owner (Priced right for its worth but def out of my budget!!)

source: Craigslist

Sleek curved back chairs with a square weave.
source: assembleagedltd-com

 Now take a look at this...This is not your typical lounge chair....(couldnt afford it else would have bought it!!)


These chairs are paired with a fabric or a wooden loveseat or a settee. The combination looks good and works well in a modern as well as traditional set up. They also look good all by themselves and are recommended as small space lounging solutions.

source: apartmetntherapy

Until next time...See you and repurpose, reuse and restore!!


  1. Wow... I love cane chairs. Never knew there were so many varieties. I love this post Sudha. Thanks a ton for sharing these wonderful finds.

  2. I love the wisteria chair and the ones in the last picture. I saw chairs like this in my local goodwill but someone had already bought them :(

    Great post!

  3. hi anu, S

    thank you for the comment...i loved compiling the post too..:)

    thank you for your visit...I have a particular chair in mind too...waiting for it to come my way..:)..pl do keep stopping by

  4. Such a lovely collection of cane-backed seats!


  5. thank you sharon :)...love it coming from a wonderful design addict like yourself

  6. hi stumbled upon ur blog from GB's space and love it:)
    my mom is such a sucker for chairs..yes you heard it right..esp the cane bak ones and shes always looking to change her living room chairs:)
    i shud show her some of these....

  7. hey Nisha
    thats wonderful. the number of hits i have had since gagan featured me, is beyond my imagination!! :)...thank you for stopping by. I would love to hear more from you.

  8. Hello,

    I have the exact chair as the first picture, and am actually looking to sell it. It is one of the most comfortable chairs I have ever sat in, and will be sad to see it go!

    If interested you can contact me at: Kschuchard418@gmail.com

  9. An occasional chair is a beautiful piece of furniture that is an essential item in every house and one such chair in beautiful hand carving, hand polishing and quality upholstery certainly goes on to enhance the decor of a living space, especially a library or a guest room and also adds to the functionality aspect.


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