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Timber & Wicker: Modern Tribal Design

I’ve been lucky enough to live in the most remote parts of South East Asia and the South Pacific, and what inspired me the most was the clever use of natural materials used in the design and architecture within the communities. I noticed that timber was the most common material, and wicker was used in abundance to create beautiful, textual designs – the perfect elements to create a gorgeous modern tribal design in your home.

Timber has been used within design since the dawn of time, but if you’re opting for a more ethnic aesthetic, go for a more textural, rich timber – Teak is a popular timber used in this design style. Something like the Coco Republic San Fran Deco 2 Door Side Table would make the perfect accompaniment to a bed; dress the side table with a vase of foliage and your favourite overseas souvenir for a gorgeous bedside vignette. Decorate the room with graphic patterns like arrowheads and ikat prints to accentuate the tribal design style.

Wicker is a beautiful ancient technique that creates the intricate criss-cross pattern of woven natural materials such as bamboo, rattan, and willow. This technique offers a subtle, yet highly effective, tactile feature in both outdoor and indoor furniture. For a tropical outdoor oasis, the raised texture of the wicker would add visual interest to a smooth timber table, which the interior design team at Coco Republic with the Coco Republic Darwin Outdoor Armchair. Line the outdoor setting with oversized tropical plants, and don’t forget to add some added colour through some vibrant patterned outdoor cushions like the Coco Republic Shibori Outdoor Cushion.

Jessica

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