Perception Series by Lane

So beautiful!

Perception by Lane

As you know, I love vintage furniture. Pretty sure I wear my heart on my sleeve on this account and while we’ve dipped our toes into the wonderful world of Lane hope chests and decoding Lane’s signature markings, I decided our next subject to tackle should be an actual collection – first up: the Perception Series by Lane. Like most of my Lane research attempts, I discovered that there isn’t an overabundance of information out there (such a bummer!). So if you have any tidbits to add to this post, I’d love it if you could reach out in the comments. I had been holding off on posting more about Lane collections until I found more data, but there just isn’t a lot out there so I decided opening it up for all of us to discuss might be the best way to move forward…

This unique collection debuted in the 1960s and features a very cool woven design element. Coined “Wovenwood”, Lane paved the way for this dimensional style. I feel like you see it in other major furniture manufacturers, but for Lane this look was produced by weaving real pieces of wood. Not surprising that this level of care was taken; attention to detail is one of the reasons collectors admire Lane’s work after all. Like other series, Perception had pieces for the dining, living, and bed rooms. The finish offerings are Burnished Walnut or Beeswax Oak (when fabric was added, Boltaflex was the choice – this is an artificial leather product that is still in use today).

Lane Furniture

Perception Series Style Numbers

Check out this spreadsheet which details the relevant style numbers associated with the series. We really enjoy the ad campaign for this collection – the noble Viking is a nice ode to its clean lines and Scandinavian influence. The designers aimed for a strong, yet light look and I think they achieved it with the sculpting. What are your thoughts (especially when compared with the other Lane collections out there)?

On a separate note, there’s an additional care tip found in the original pamphlet: don’t let rubber (found on the bases of some lamps, for example) touch the surface directly, you’ll want to use a pad to protect your treasure from yellowing at the contact site.

Cause A Frockus would like to thank Our Arts and Crafts Home, Google’s Life Magazine archives, and the people who post their imagery to the public domain.

For our readers: What do you think of this collection?

Replies for “Perception Series by Lane

  • Falon


    I have the lane nightstand with the top woven drawer and I am looking for the credenza for under/around $1k and I am having a really hard time finding it. I live in Nashville TN, do you have any direction for me

    • Becky Oeltjenbruns Post author

      Thanks for reaching out. We haven’t expanded our shop directory to include your great state yet, but I’m sure there are some fantastic local shop owners. If you are having trouble accessing items locally, a quick etsy search with your Lane style number can sometimes yield good results. Otherwise, if there is a shop on our directory you fancy that specializes in furniture, please feel free to reach out. They may have some shipping offerings!

    • Susan

      Try &
      On Chairish you can go to furniture, sort by location, and go to the side bar and choose Nashville, or a bunch of other cities.
      On Etsy: search whatever you want, and on the left bar specify US, all or a custom location. Ebay also has a local option.

  • Beth B McIntosh

    Hello Becky we have a perception lamp table and step table with drawer the 908 oil walnut series. We have the original book that illustrates all the pieces available in that series. We could scan it for you.


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