R A T T A N
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R A T T A N
1. Egon Eiermann, 1949, Rattan Lounge Chair E10, Richard Lampert
2. David Weeks Studio 2010
3. Martin Visser Rattan and Chrome Lounge Chair Netherlands 1960's Mid Century Martin Visser Rattan and Chrome Lounge Chair with new Army Green Waxed Cotton Seat and Back Cushions, via Nickey Kehoe Shop, Los Angeles
"Rattan (from the Malay rotan) is the name for the roughly 600 species of palms in the tribe Calameae, native to tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Australasia. n forests where rattan grows, its economic value can help protect forest land, by providing an alternative to loggers who forgo timber logging and harvest rattan canes instead.
Rattan is much easier to harvest, requires simpler tools and is much easier to transport. It also grows much faster than most tropical wood. This makes it a potential tool in forest maintenance, since it provides a profitable crop that depends on rather than replaces trees. It remains to be seen whether rattan can be as profitable or useful as the alternatives.
Generally, raw rattan is processed into several products to be used as materials in furniture making. From a strand of rattan, the skin is usually peeled off, to be used as rattan weaving material. The remaining "core" of the rattan can be used for various purposes in furniture making. Rattan is a very good material mainly because it is lightweight, durable, and — to a certain extent — flexible."