Trendwatch - Woven Chairs

Marni presented a colourful collection of woven chairs at the Salone del Mobile in Milan this year in a project initiated as part of a rehabiliation programme designed to support the social and working lives of ex-prisoners in Colombia.

The Italian fashion label isn't the only company exploring different weaving techniques and applying them to contemporary style chairs. Back in September I blogged about Benjamin Hubert's collaboration with De La Espada which launched at London Design Week and included these woven chairs.

Inspired by Welsh coracle boats, the design uses suede suede from the automobile industry wrapped around a steel frame, the suede adding a tactile feel to the design.

Rami Tareef has created this series of geometric patterned chairs by applying skills he learned from a wicker craftsman in the Old City of Jerusalem to spare steel frames, wrapping and weaving coloured cords of polypropolene to create strikingly graphic contemporary forms.

Donna Wilson also used wrapping and winding techniques in a recent collaboration with Ercol...

...and Anthropologie's 'Naida' chair icon is a juxtaposition of modern and natural, it's sleek silhouette of hand woven wicker standing atop spindly legs

Which one gets your vote?