Phantom Hands

Tangali Bench


The Tangali Bench was the first product prototyped during the designers' visit to the Phantom Hands workshop in 2018. Having witnessed the level of skill and dexterity of the cane weavers, t . . . Read More >

The Tangali Bench was the first product prototyped during the designers' visit to the Phantom Hands workshop in 2018. Having witnessed the level of skill and dexterity of the cane weavers, they pushed the artisans to create patterns beyond traditional Indian furniture design. The contours of the bench are completely shaped by hand, and coupled with the innovative cane weaving , the signature Tangali style was conceived;  where the cane is wrapped and woven around the wooden frames, a special weave with double strands of cane.

Tangali - meaning cool breeze in the Kannada language - was named after the cool monsoon breeze that accompanied the designers visit to Bangalore in 2017. The Tangali designs were developed in collaboration with contemporary Milan based designers INODA + SVEJE and Phantom Hands.

Crafted by artisans and made to order in India 

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Materials: Teak (Tectona Grandis), Natural Cane

H41cm x W180cm x D43.50cm

For the natural finish, the wood is sanded and finished with a hard wax oil to bring out the natural, golden-brown colour.

For the Dark Stain finish, a coat of water-based, teak stain is applied to give the wood a darker teak shade, followed by a coat of sealer.

The cane pattern specially developed by INODA+SVEJE for the Tangāli Collection is called the Wrap Around weave. It is a special weave with double strands of cane wrapped around the edges of the wooden frame of a bench or chair.

PLEASE NOTE: This item is made from natural materials, which like all natural things will have variations in timber colour and grain pattern, and cane colour. Care is taken to ensure items ordered together have a similar aesthetic, however we embrace and celebrate the individuality of each item.


This furniture is meant for indoor use. Sunlight, heat, humidity, and changes in temperature affect wood. Teak and cane are hardy and weatherproof, but exposure to moisture or direct sunlight will leave an impact on the finish. Keep your furniture away from windows, balconies or terraces that expose them to strong sunlight or rain.

Timber Care
Teak is extremely hardy and has high natural oil content, making it resistant to extreme weather as well as wood-boring insects. Here are a few suggestions to take care of your wooden furniture.

a. Oil / Wax your furniture
Teak gets better with age and its colour becomes richer and more intense. The wood used in our furniture does not require periodic oiling or maintenance. However, with exposure to sunlight or due to cleaning mops touching the bottom of the legs, the finish can become discoloured in a few places. Applying hard wax oil with a soft cloth can restore the finish. (Hard wax oil brands recommended by Phantom Hands are Kneho and Fiddes).

b. Clean up for more than dust
Loose dust along with years of settled dirt or sticky spots can accumulate on your furniture, so we recommend cleaning regularly. Clear the sticky spot with a soft cloth dipped in a solution of 4 parts water and 1 part mild dish detergent. Wring the cloth of excess solution and gently wipe the affected area until the dirt or stickiness dissolves. Next, wipe with a soft, dry cloth. Apply hard wax oil after if there is any discolouration.

c. Repair heat rings
We have all left a mug of something hot directly on the surface of our wooden furniture. In turn, these mugs leave behind heat rings, marks or whitish stains. To remove these stains, use a hair dryer. Simply set the dryer to the lowest setting and keep the dryer moving over the stains until they disappear. You can also place a towel or cotton cloth over the stain and run an iron on low heat setting over it for a few minutes. Check to see the state of the stains and iron again if needed. Apply oil after.

Cane / Wicker Care
If used well, cane seats can last several years without any damage or sagging. Here are a few suggestions for their care and maintenance to ensure longevity:

a. Use a seat cushion on your cane seating as this helps distribute pressure evenly on the woven surface rather than on individual strands. A seat cushion can also prevent accidental breakage due to sharp objects or rivets in clothing coming in contact with the cane strands.

b. Do not stand or kneel on a cane seat. A cane seat is intended to take the evenly distributed weight of the person sitting on it, not concentrated weight like a knee or foot. Standing on a cane seat or kneeling on it will cause the cane strands to break and the seat will need to be rewoven prematurely.

c. Keep your cane furniture away from spaces with extreme heat and very low humidity. These conditions could cause the cane to dry out and become brittle. It is also preferable to avoid direct sunlight falling on the cane for long periods of time.

d. Food stains or spillage of drinks should be wiped off promptly with a soft, moist cloth.

e. In humid climates, it is possible that mold or mildew develops on the cane surface. This can be cleaned easily by using diluted soap water along with a soft bristle brush and/or a cotton cloth to gently clean the areas with mildew. After cleaning, let the cane surface dry naturally for at least 48 hours before you use the furniture again.

f. Lastly, we recommend oiling the surface of the cane every six months to ensure it remains supple and strong for a long time. Linseed oil, teak oil or any other oil commonly used on wood can be applied on cane. Apply oil with a soft cloth or paint brush to the top and bottom surface of the cane and let it dry for 3 to 4 hours. Repeat the process for a second coat and leave the furniture to dry for 24 hours.


We use a number of specialist logistics partners to ensure the careful handling and safe delivery of our furniture, fragile and bulky items.

Please complete the shipping enquiry form and we will provide you a shipping quote via the contact details you provide.

Shipping rates do not include import duty which will be county-specific. Please check your country's customs rates before purchasing. There are some destinations that we are unable to ship this item to.