Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
It’s Brooke again and I am ready to share with you one of my favorite finishes in home décor: shagreen. Do you know what shagreen is? If not, I am here to help! Shagreen is a coarse hide with an incredible granular texture that comes from the hides of sharks and stingrays. Shagreen hides have been used as far back as the 12th century and became a luxury item in France during the reign of Louis XIV.
Fortunately for the sharks and rays out there, the furnishings industry has created a faux shagreen that is just as amazing as the real thing. Typically made from vinyl, faux shagreen can be found covering occasional case goods, decorative accessories, lamps and even wallpaper. Here are some of TZD’s current faves:
In a rare turn of events, the interior design world has led the shagreen charge … with fashion designers just starting to take note. The subtle texture is soooooo divine. I am especially loving the cabochon-encrusted cuffs from Anna Blum, which are available in several colors.
Do you remember Ronald McDonald House of Long Island business office that Traci designed along with Lisa Mende? Yep, you guessed it. The entire room was wallpapered in a faux shagreen texture. Sigh. My flat walls will forever be envious.
Isn’t Brooke the best? I’ve been coveting the AERIN match striker. You know, because I need another way to strike my matches. The ones I haven’t lit in years. That’s what those long multi-purpose lighter things are for. Who’s with me??? I’m taking form over function on this one. And do those lighter things have a name?? Anyhoo.
I am c-c-crazy for shagreen … and now I have a few more items for my wish list! What’s on your shagreen list?