Thursday, December 23, 2010

{fashion meets interior design: scalamandre}

It's a perfect example of fashion meshing with interior decor ... the classic Zebras wallpaper is taking to the streets! This iconic print was actually commisioned in the 1940's by Gino's, an Italian restaurant at 780 Lexington Avenue in New York. Owner Gino Circiello was a hunter who couldn't afford to pay for an African safari, but he thought that he could at least afford zebras on his walls. His friend Franco Scalamandre was comissioned to design the now iconic paper. Now this lovely whimsical pattern is available as an umbrella! {$95 - Scalamandre}

You may remember seeing the wallcovering in the movie The Royal Tanenbaums:

Here it is in a powder room featured in Elle Decor by Miles Redd:

The Serengeti Green colorway was used in Kate Spade's bathroom, and my favorite is the use of Safari Brown in the powder room done by the fabulous Massucco Warner Miller:

Love it! Perfectly whimsical and traditional all at once :)


P.S. I love this... said...

I love the last image as well.

Merry Christmas!

lisaroyhandbags said...

Love the brown but actually, the green is pretty cool too!
Have a very Merry Christmas!! xo

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

ADORE it as well and like you, the chocolate is my favourite. xo

Edin's House said...

I'm loving the chocolate version too :-)

Happy Christmas Nancy!!

Marianne - Style For Living said...

Love the whimsy of it. So fun!

arichimed said...

i love interior design

Splendid Willow said...

I agree with you "perfectly whimsical and traditional all at once"!

Just stopping by to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas. You are a gem in blog land, Nancy. You have the most stylish blog and the best attitude! It is an honor to follow you. I look forward to many fun design chats in 2011!

Merry, Merry!


theLENNOXX said...

Love this zebra wallpaper! What I find really perplexing is that I can't remember ever seeing it used outside of a powder room or bathroom. Except from the restaurant.

xo Linda

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