Hello it's Erika from small shop, with another "Design Under the Influence" -- topic: the peacock chair. Growing up in the 70's in Hawaii, I suppose it was only natural that my parents should own a rattan peacock chair — I didn't think much of it! Nowadays, they definitely represent a Bohemian Chic vibe a la Brigitte Bardot or Stevie Nicks (and I am totally digging that).
Although popular in the 1970's, the peacock chair arrived in the U.S. and England in the 19th-century with the introduction of rattan from China. Importers were bringing back these fanciful pieces as novelty items initially, but (I thought it was really interesting) a young American named Cyrus Wakefield found scraps of rattan used to tie cargo onto ships and wrapped a rocking chair with it...and so began the wicker industry. In 1855 he started a rattan company, later becoming one of the prime producers of wicker furniture in the U.S..
Today peacock chairs have made a comeback, and I especially love all of the brightly colored adaptations! They're not hard to find, and you could spray paint your own with some time and effort. What do you think, would you use a peacock chair in your home or on your patio?
Are you feeling it too?