I’m thrilled to present Sharland England’s brand-new handwoven rattan furniture collection! Part of the range includes my Adeline pieces: a coffee table, side table and console table which comes in two sizes. The shape is one of my favourites: a billowing, scalloped wave at the base of each table, which calls to mind a skirt or tablecloth, blowing in the breeze. I think the silhouette is incredibly elegant and romantic. I have long admired rattan and its long history (did you know the Titanic had an entire rattan lounge bar?), so I thought I’d share some history to this technique. Skilfully handwoven by artisans, the scallops originated in the mid-century and are known as trompe l’oeil drapery. In fact, my great-grandmother Marjorie Sharland, after whom the brand is named, had a side table in this style when she lived in Buenos Aires, many decades ago. From the French “fool the eye” the artistic craft was originally applied to wall & ceiling painting and essentially, it gives the illusion of a bigger, deeper space. I added Sharland England’s signature braiding and loops and played around with a few different shapes. If I had to pick a favourite, it would have to be the round coffee table- the perfect spot for afternoon tea or early evening cocktails.
The new collection is now available online, or come and see them in person between now and March 4th at our Mayfair pop-up, 27 Bruton Street, London, W1.