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Thursday, April 15

Trend Alert: Refined Raffia

1. Chanel runway (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images); 2. Williams Sonoma-Home Hampstead Raffia Desk ($1,450); 3. Pottery Barn Raffia Trunk ($799); 4. Tory Burch Jelly Raffia Flat ($110); 5.Ballard Designs Manguiere Table Lamp ($299); 6. Raffia Crochet Cowboy Hat ($98)

Have you checked out The Insider Source?
I was quoted today on RAFFIA and how it is a trend to watch.

Loved by: San Francisco-based decorator (and popular design blogger) Grant K. Gibson (who we've previously heard from on The Inside Source) is a major champion of the all-natural fiber: "I love the texture of raffia, which feels rustic but tailored at the same time." He also points out its versatility, saying, "Since it is neutral in color, it can blend into almost any interior."

The look: Made of woven palm leaves indigenous to tropical climes, raffia has balmy, warm weather connotations that make it especially perfect for the coming season.

Seen in: Karl Lagerfeld debuted raffia adorned cocktail dresses at Chanel's pastoral-themed spring runway show in Paris, igniting the trend in the fashion world. Tory Burch follows up with a chicly irreverent jelly flat, embellished with a straw pom pom in cement grey. Meanwhile, Bop Basics, the in-house label for shopping site, uses raffia to give a classic cowboy hat a beachy twist. On the home front, the material takes on a stately, handsome vibe applied to items ranging from the shade on a sleek mango wood table lamp from Ballard Designs to Pottery Barn's colonial-looking steamer trunk to an exotic, bamboo-legged writing desk from Williams-Sonoma Home.


Sanity Fair said...

Great interview! It's def. time for raffia to make a come back. I remember in childhood that it was really popular at parties (rafia "ribbon" in numerous colors, especially). But I'd completely forgotten about it. Great post!

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

Grant, you are so right, and several items I would personally love!

Grant K. Gibson said...

I still like to tie up gifts in simple brown paper and raffia. Classic- simple- rustic- but yet organic and natural

Scott Fazzini said...

I love that Chanel number! Oh, Karl Lagerfeld... such a brilliant man.

Karena said...

Raffia can be very understated and elegant!

Art by Karena


So so sleek, clean and sophisticated. Love it & you.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

I do think it just has a smart uncomplcated look. I have never grown tired or it!

Even Target has a trunk/cube! I purchased one to go between two swivel chairs in our basement media room. It has a sturdy top for food/drinks and is even hinged...great for tossing throws into!

The Zhush said...

So pretty, fingers crossed its a popular trend, so light and summery!

red ticking said...

love raffia... and that great hat... the beach will come soon... i hope! have a wonderful weekend xx

the red bungalow said...

I really heart that rafia desk. So cool!

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Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

Ive seen quite a few raffia chests and even frames in Target (low end I know...but hey)

Great post.

Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Grant K. Gibson said...

Mr. Good Will-

Kimmy said...

I absolutely adore the raffia trunk, such a lovely find!


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