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You may not be able to stay at Jacques Grange's Portuguese retreat but you can buy the furniture he owns! I got a lovely email today from John Himmel who produces the wonderful handwoven rope furniture that is not only popular with Jacques Grange but also interior designer Michael Smith. The Rope Collection was inspired by the French designers Adrien Andoux and Frida Minet who's rope furniture was woven from the fronds of palm trees in the South of France. John Himmel grows their palms in the Madoura Islands in Indonesia where is it hand braided into a flat rope and woven onto their hardwood frames. They are available through John Rosselli in New York and Florida; Holly Hunt in Chicago; David Sutherland in LA, Houston and Dallas; and Webster in Boston. Makes me want to get to work on buying and decorating a Caribbean retreat!