With wicker, it seems, that you either love or hate it. I happen to adore it and I find that it lends itself so perfectly to so many decorating styles. I do love it for its casual, coastal and relaxed feel, and yet it lends itself so perfectly to the most sophisticated and formal of spaces from from traditional to modern - from Island Boho chic, to British Colonial to the relaxed elegance of Ralph Lauren. Wicker is a term that refers more to the style of woven furniture than it does to the materials used. Rattan, a natural grasslike fiber, is another term used to describe wicker. Wicker furniture is also widely available in synthetic materials which is preferable for those outdoor pieces that are exposed to the elements. From Sister Parish to West Elm, from Hubert de Givenchy to Nate Berkus, wicker is truly timeless. I think wicker is often misperceived and seems not to be taken seriously enough - Those who've not been properly informed too often think of it as frilly or juvenile as opposed to strong, elegant and bold. I'd like to change people's minds and erase those preconceived notions and give wicker the recognition and respect it deserves.