Rattan has been having a huge style moment this season – and it looks set to continue for some time.
Along with its cousins, wicker, raffia, bamboo and cane, these woven plant materials and techniques are part of the wider 70s revival. Perhaps it's that that gives it its laid-back, slightly louche vibe, conjuring up images of kaftans, creativity and not conforming to rigid social conventions.
Or maybe its the relaxed beach Cabana style these woven pieces can project into fast city living that appeals to our over-wrought senses? Either way, there's a bohemian beauty about these natural pendants, that will usher a new mood into your home.
From the grassy hula hula style of the Kula pendant at Graham and Green and the Raffia lamp from Tine K Home to the more structured styles of the Bulb pendant by Vincent Sheppard or the beaded Droplet pendant from Rockett St George, there's a lightness and lack of formality to these lamp shades that will spill over into which ever room you choose to hang them in.
From a feel-spirited feel in the bedroom to an easy atmosphere in the dining area, or covered outdoor terrace these natural pendants will do a lot more than stylishly illuminate your space.
Due to the nature of the materials and the woven techniques involved in their making, most of these pendants will cast beautiful patterns of light onto walls and floors, as it filters through the shades and reflects outwards, casting a soft and subtle glow.
So read on to find your favourite and hang loose at home.
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Kula grass pendant, £95, Graham and Green
Two layers of natural grass are stitched to a slender black metal frame, for a hula hula style shade.
Maru wire and rattan pendant
Contrasting dark and light materials make this natural shade a stand out piece.
Chimbarongo MB wicker pendant, £267, Pet Lamp at Holloways of Ludlow
Handmade in Chile, with reused PET bottles and wicker, each pendant in this collection is unique. Despite slight variations in the details the basic shape remains the same.
Wooden beaded droplet pendant, £280, Rockett St George
A laid back twist on traditional chandeliers, this beaded beauty oozes a warm, natural vibe.
Raffia ceiling lamp, €420, tine K Home
This woven straw lamp will create an airy summer vibe and looks as good on a covered terrace as it does in a bedroom.
Bulb natural rattan pendant, £310, Vincent Sheppard
Bringing a natural, easy-going vibe into your home, this Bulb pendant is part of a rattan series by Vincent Sheppard.
Pismo raffia pendant, £2,142, arteriors
The undulated barrel shape found throughout the natural world, from sea urchins in the Pacific to barrel cactuses in the desert, was the inspiration behind this pendant, which is crafted from thin, hand-woven natural raffia on a metal frame.
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