PHOTO BY GRACIELA CATTAROSSI
A past life in South Florida and a current breezy lifestyle in the Bahamas steered Amanda Lindroth’s latest collection. The designer, who has a firm in Palm Beach and retail stores in Charleston and the Bahamas, expresses her love of natural rattan, wicker and bamboo in a line of 30 pieces, among them a sky-high cane canopy bed, lighting with wicker shades and tablescapes meant for alfresco meals. amandalindroth.com
How did your childhood influence this collection? I grew up in a very innocent time in South Florida during the 1960s and ’70s. My mother liked to shop in Palm Beach, and she would take us to Worth Avenue, where the glamour of the day was everywhere. All houses of that era had rattan and natural rugs, and I loved to look at images of the big Florida hotels of the 1920s, The Breakers and the Biltmore in Miami with their rattan and wicker-filled loggias. I wanted to recreate those lost or vintage items that one could not find anymore.
And what about your lifestyle in the Bahamas? On Lyford Cay, we live on our verandas. We design our lives around entertaining and often have impromptu parties. I wanted to make furniture using natural materials that can stand up to the elements, like sand, salt and wind, over time.
Does this collection work for every home? The collection is derived from the dream of living outdoors and the notion of a palm frond waving in the wind. In reality, wicker and rattan look great in living rooms on New York’s Fifth Avenue, too. The great Italian designer Renzo Mongiardino sprinkled rattan in his masterful projects and taught us that they bring a casual, approachable touch to a room. These pieces work everywhere.
What are your three must-have pieces? The Paradise canopy bed because it’s so fabulous. The Sloane side table because it’s useful. The Pagodas because they’re so amusing.