Woven Furniture Care and Questions, Caning Canada
Mid-Century Modern MCM Weaving Samples and Explanations - Caning Canada
Danish mid-century modern mcm furniture incorporates minimalist design creating functional furniture with pure, clean lines. Chair frames are specifically designed to accept Danish cord material woven in a certain style.
Danish paper cord is a twisted paper cord which has been used to weave seats since the 1920s. Danish modern furniture gained popularity after World War II in Denmark and other European countries.
Mid-century and modern Danish cord chairs are woven with the standard basket weave pattern or the traditional rushing pattern. Chair frames are designed to accept a specific style of weaving and are therefore not interchangeable.
Some furniture designs weave the material through slots in the chair frame taking the material down in front of chair rails or the back slats.
These Danish cord chairs use staples to attached the cord to the chair frame. There is an extra charge for these chairs to remove the staples and install Danish hook nails where possible.
Danish Cord Furniture - Care
Some people spray a scotch guard on the Danish cord surfaces to stop stains from absorbing. If something spills on the Danish cord use a damp cloth to clean the spill as soon as possible. Vacuuming once in a while is always a good practice.
How to Clean Danish Paper Cord with Soap Flakes (Try at your own risk as Danish Cord is Paper)
1. Pour boiling water over soap flakes. Make sure all flakes are completely dissolved
2. Allow mixture to cool slightly
3. While water is warm, use a soft cloth to gently wipe the paper cord. Do not get the seat too wet
4. Allow to dry and then repeat if necessary
My Danish cord chair is breaking at the front and back edges can you fix the broken pieces?
The front and back runs of Danish cord tend to be breaking points of this type of furniture after long term use. Once these pieces of material break it is time to replace the full Danish cord surface. Contact Caning Canada to have your Danish cord chair repaired.
What is Cane?
What is Caning?
Cane, rattan or wicker furniture has been around since ancient Egypt. Cane material comes from the outer bark of the rattan plant. Caned furniture provides that open and airy feel from the 19th-century antique settees or midcentury-modern dining chairs.
Cane is a product of the outer bark of the rattan palm native to Southeast Asia. The top side of a strand of cane is naturally smooth and is non-porous. The back or bottom is the raw side that exposes the porous cellulose fibres of the plant.
Caning has become the term that incorporates the craft of pre-woven cane, handwoven cane, rattan, Danish cord and fibre rush weaving.
Caned furniture has been around globally since the late 1600s replacing upholstered furniture known to harbour vermin.
Woven seats were typically found in England and France in the 1700s until the early 20th century, with classic Mid-Century Modern design becoming popular. The modern caning-inspired design is known as the "Cesca chair," which includes popular midcentury caned pieces such as Marcel Breuer's Cesca side chair, Pierre Jeanneret's Easy Chair, and Josef Hoffmann's Bentwood chair for Thonet.
Appreciate the artistry and craftsmanship of furniture woven by hand as it is quickly becoming a lost skill performed by only a few people in Canada.
What are other names for cane chairs?
Sometimes people refer to cane as rattan or wicker.
Other names used for hand caning include strand cane, lace caning, traditional caning, hole to hole caning and natural strand caning.
Other names for Pre-woven cane include cane webbing, pressed cane, pressed-in cane, machine cane, sheet cane and spline cane.
French caning and blind caning are the same types of caning.
Double-sided cane is usually blind caned as well.
Caned pieces woven with binding cane are often referred to a wicker or rattan pieces.
Cane Furniture Care & Use
Cane can be cleaned using a wood soap; an example being Murphy's Oil Soap and a soft cloth. Do not use the chair for two days to let the cane fully dry.
Oil the cane on your furniture once or twice a year using a lemon or teak oil. Apply the oil to the bottom porous side of the cane and wipe off the excess after 15 minutes.
Avoid putting cane furniture in hot, dry or sunny rooms. Also, avoid putting cane furniture near heat vents as it will dry out the cane and make it brittle.
Never stand on a cane chair. Cane is extremely strong when weight is evenly distributed across the surface.
Cane stretches when you sit on it which allows for the stress of even weight distribution. Over time the stretch will sag. When the cane loses its ability to stretch it will begin to break along the chair from or within the sag. You can extend the life of your cane furniture by wetting the underside of the chair with a warm wet towel and then letting it dry to tighten the sag. Do not use the chair for two days to let it fully dry and tighten.
Cane doesn't need to be sealed or stained as it will naturally colour with age. If you choose to stain the cane use an oil-based stain on the top side of the cane not the porous bottom of the cane. The bottom side is used to oil your cane to retain moisture.