“RATTAN AND WICKER are a central part of my decorating DNA,” proclaims Amanda Lindroth, the island whisperer whose design sensibility practically comes with a cold drink under a slowly rotating ceiling fan.
No wonder, then, that Lindroth, who lives part-time in the Bahamas, would offer us a peacock chair (a double one at that) to sink into. The majestic two seater is one of 25 pieces in her first furniture collection, which debuts this spring. Whether positioned as a courtly entry “bench” or stately anchor in a porch seating arrangement, the twin throne hints at the classic — and often whimsical — island grandeur that defines the new line of furnishings.
“I had been collecting sketches,” explains Lindroth, adding that vintage items have become scarcer and scarcer. For inspiration, she borrowed from her own house in the Bahamas, Ca’Liza: For instance, her eponymous side chairs were inspired by the classical architectural lines of the house. “I can see a pair of them around a cafe table in a city apartment, or a whole fleet of them lining a large dining table,” notes the designer. “They’re lightweight, so they can be moved outside for dinner parties with ease.”
The collection — produced exclusively by Lindroth and created by artisans, craftspeople, and specialty factories — preserves and deftly modernizes the island aesthetic, from wicker tables for dining and drinks to a pagoda étagère inspired by a vintage piece Amanda found years ago, reproportioned for today and topped with a charming pagoda crown.
The Paradise Canopy bed, too, was designed with a soaring silhouette. Its lofty profile, along with a diamond-patterned back, makes it as regal as it is refined; plus, it pairs perfectly with Lindroth’s bedding collection of block-printed linens.
The collection also introduces new iterations of her now-signature lanterns and hurricanes. Illuminating everything from tables to lush pathways and alfresco bars, the magical rattan party staples light the way to warmer climes and celebrations that last long after dusk.
This article was originally featured in our May/June 2020 issue. Produced by Dayle Wood; written by Tracey Minkin.