January 19, 2016

tzi trend alert: shagreen

Shagreen — a coarse hide with an incredible granular texture that comes from the hides of sharks and stingrays — is one of my favorite finishes in interior design. 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.

As you might imagine, real shagreen is difficult to find, but fortunately, 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, and lamps.

Shagreen Decor Final1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8. 

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.

Shagreen Dress Final1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8.

Do you remember Ronald McDonald House of Long Island business office that I designed with Lisa Mende? The entire room was wallpapered in a faux shagreen texture. Happy sigh. 

RMLI

What else speaks to you? 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.

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