Perception Series by Lane
Apr 1, 2015 | by Becky Oeltjenbruns
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).
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?