Month: February 2014

Interior design trends change as often as the seasons. Colours come in and drop out of fashion very quickly. The same is true of furniture styles. To help ensure that your conservatory is on trend for the rest of the coming year, here are which trends and styles will be most popular.


Towards the end of spring, purple will become the most prevalent colour in new designs. This will start out with lighter shades, then progress to deeper tones as the year progresses. White will also be a major feature of new of the coming year, as evidenced by its prevalence in catwalk shows towards the end of 2013. In spring, duck egg blue is set to be very popular.

If you are looking to incorporate any of these colours into your own conservatory, consider using white as a base colour. This will allow you to then mix and match accessories to keep on trend throughout each season. Redecorating your conservatory by using accessories is often a very simple process. Switching accessories not only changes the entire appearance of your space, but is also much cheaper than fully redecorating four times per year.


Design trends in 2014 are set to continue along the same lines as the past two years, with natural and dishevelled styles still being the inspiration for many. This trend encourages the use of repurposed materials; great news for the environment! If you are considering incorporating repainted furniture, make sure that you start with a good base. Sanding down any imperfections will give a better end result.


Following on from the trend natural styling, wooden, wicker and rattan are set to play a big part in interior design in the coming year. Using this type of furniture fits with another trend set to dominate 2014: the need for quality. Consumers are now looking for furniture which will be long lasting. Driven by the recession, sales of high quality pieces has massively increased. In addition, rattan furniture allows the owner to quickly incorporate new styles, by adding new cushions and fabrics. The trend for fabrics is set to follow the outdoor trend, with leaves and flowers being prevalent.

Are you planning on redecorating your conservatory to match up with 2014 design trends? Will you be creating something unique instead? Leave your comments in the section below, we would love to hear from you.


The fair trade movement was started to ensure that producers in developing countries were paid a fair price for their products.

This campaign was given an official certification mark in 2002; a mark which is owned and protected by Fairtrade International (FLO). The certification mark was created to provide manufacturers with a way of demonstrating that their products conform to extensive fair trade regulations put in place by the FLO. Although these marks were first applied to coffee and bananas, this is no longer the case; many other products are now fair trade certified.

The fair trade mark’s impact goes far beyond just items on supermarket shelves; there are currently over one thousand towns and cities with fair trade status. This means that fair trade is promoted within their local press and products are used within council buildings, schools and retail outlets.

Why fair trade matters

The main focus of fair trade incentives is always on the producers. This means that growers and pickers in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities are protected from exploitation. This protection extends far beyond just the price they are paid for products; it sets standards in health and safety, discrimination and worker age, amongst other things. Above all, fair trade ensures that farmers in developing countries are adequately paid for the products they sell, and not exploited.

Fair trade and rattan

Rattan itself is a great crop choice for farmers in developing countries. It grows quickly, allowing for high production loads and farmers to make the most of their available space. What’s more, rattan grows best when combined with other crops. This makes it the perfect choice for farmers with pre-existing orchards, as they can grow two lots at once.

Here at Desser, all of our rattan is sourced from Indonesia, the origin of 70% of the world’s supply. We work tirelessly to ensure that all of our sources conform to fair trade working practices and ethics. This dedication to producers shows in the products we provide. Working closely with our producers ensures that our products are constantly of the highest possible quality.

Is fair trade a big factor in the products you purchase? Do you think more could be done to promote ethical working practices? Leave your comments in the section below.


There is a common misconception that rattan and bamboo are the same thing. Though they may sometimes look the same, they’re drastically different materials with different uses and properties. So, what are the major differences? And how can you tell which of the two has been used to create your furniture? Here is a quick guide detailing the main differences between rattan and bamboo:  

How Are Rattan And Bamboo Grown?

Both rattan and bamboo grow best in tropical areas. Rattan is a vine-like plant which requires support from other sources when growing, as it cannot stand on its own. This means that rattan must be grown around other trees, from the forest floor upwards. It’s typically harvested by farmers when it’s 5-7 years old, but this does depend on the species. Bamboo plants are much stouter and can be grown independently. Both species grow very quickly, sometimes up to six metres per year! This rapid growth makes either species an extremely attractive crop choice for farmers in developing countries, as multiple harvests can be grown per year.   bamboo grown in forest showing the different between rattan and bamboo  

What Is The Difference Between Rattan And Bamboo Physical Characteristics?

The main physical difference between the two is that bamboo is hollow; rattan is not. Because bamboo is hollow, it is inflexible, so any bending would immediately cause it to snap. Similarly, where bamboo is very hard, rattan is much more durable and flexible. This is what makes it a popular choice of material when manufacturing outdoor furniture, as it can be bent and curved into the desired shape. Lastly, when bamboo grows, it is always uniform in thickness, no matter how tall the plant becomes. Rattan, however, becomes thicker as it grows.  

Currently, 650 separate species of rattan have been identified; there are over 5,000 known bamboo varieties!



Amongst many other things, bamboo and rattan are both used to create furniture and other products – such as wicker baskets and bathroom furniture. Although superficially they look similar, their physical properties determine the type of designs they can be used to create. As previously stated, Rattan is flexible when processed allowing it to be woven into intricate designs and patterns. Bamboo, on the other hand, is rigid. As a result, bamboo furniture is often more simplistic in design as the stems must be arranged parallel to each other. Often, both are used to create one furniture piece, with the main body made from bamboo and bindings created using flexible rattan. Not only does this ensure the durability of the product, but also adds to the rustic look of the design.

a selection of rattan baskets


What About Wicker Furniture?

Furniture created from both bamboo and rattan is often referred to as wicker, when asking what is the difference between rattan and bamboo – this is a key part. The term wicker has nothing to do with the materials furniture is created from; it is the name given to the process of weaving materials into patterns. In this sense, a lot of furniture is created with a mixture of rattan and bamboo. Because of the nature of the furniture, it’s popular for use as garden furniture, though many people also like to use it in their conservatory and other rooms in their homes. Craftsmanship in the industry has evolved over time, and as we move into 2019, designers are now able to create wonderful, detailed designs that stand out in any setting.   conservatory with contemporary rattan furniture Here at Desser, we pride ourselves on our contemporary wicker creation and we welcome you to take a look at our ranges to see just how beautiful they are. For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and contact us via our quick enquiry form or call on 0161 834 1795.