Wicker chairs have come a long way since Pharoahs sat on them in ancient Egypt. And it’s a safe bet that the Victorians wouldn’t recognize many of the modern forms of today.

Last month we showcased wicker patio styles from around the world, but today we want to show you some contemporary outdoor furniture in wicker and wood which are new to the market. Just as you may not see the latest creation from Helmut Lang at dinner Saturday night (unless you’re a model in NYC, Paris, or Milan) you may not see this outdoor décor at a local store for a while. Nevertheless, it’s exciting to see what’s coming — eventually — to a store near you.

Feeling Curvy

Before we look at wicker, here’s contemporary outdoor furniture made from wood, but with similar design elements. Forget feeling boxed in. Many new styles feature big curves and oversized seating. Additionally, they feature interesting weaves not seen previously.

These modern outdoor lounge chairs made by Pooz in France are inspired by the natural flex and features of wood. The undulating shape mimics water waves, making them perfect for poolside.

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Flexible Wood Chaise by Pooz

Forget boring benches! Manufactured by B&B Italia, this contemporary outdoor wood bench designed by Naoto Fukusawa invites you to sit down and relax. Measuring just short of 100 inches in length and 30 inches in height, it would fit under the shade of a tree in your backyard, or on a deck or balcony.

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Contemporary Outdoor Furniture Bench by B&B Italia

Contemporary Outdoor Furniture: Wicker

The chairs and ottoman below are distributed by JANUS et Cie, located in West Hollywood, California. Notice the airy, interesting weave…

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Contemporary Pool Area by Laura U, Inc. (Photo: Julie Soefer)

The furniture above was created by Kenneth Cobonpue, who’s been called “rattan’s first virtuoso”. (See more of his designs here.) It’s easy to see why. His Southeast Asian inspired furniture is used in hotels and restaurants Paris to Qatar, like this hotel below in Hawaii…

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Mauna Lani Bay by Philpotts Interiors

We love rooftop gardens and this one in Dallas has contemporary outdoor furniture again by Cobonpue. We like the horse too!

More Contemporary Wicker Furniture…

The Italian company Schönhuber Franchi designed this interesting chair, which could be used in a 3-season porch or sunroom. You can see their whole line of outdoor furniture here.

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Wicker Chair – Forester House by Roman Leonidov

These chairs were featured in a room by the Indian  design firm, uttara and adwait. Created by artisans in Thailand, the chairs are one-of-a-kind with interesting shapes and weaves…

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Indian Wicker Furniture – Used by Uttara and Adwait

Interior designer Alicia Friedman uses wicker in many of her spaces. Although the form of the chairs is nothing new, the wider, interlocking weave is being shown more frequently now and gives them a contemporary flair…

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Wide-Weave Wicker Furniture – Used by Alicia Friedmann Interior Design

Ikea’s Gullhomen rocking chair is made of banana fiber, usually considered “waste” material. Although the chair won’t attract monkeys, you’ll find yourself rocking comfortably…

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Ikea Gullhomen Rocking Chairs – Used by David Hertz & Studio of Environmental Architecture

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