Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Iconic Scalamandre Zebra

You have to go all the way back to 1929.  That's when the inconic Scalamandre Silks was created by Franck Scalamandre.  The founding of the company coincides with a growing movement in the United States of restoring historic houses and furnishings.

It was in 1945 that Scalamandre created the iconic prancing zebras on deep red wallpaper for the newly opened Gino of Capri restaurant in New York. Based on original artwork by Flora Scalamandre, this playful wallpaper was also immortalized in films such as "Mighty Aphrodite" and "The Royal Tennenbaums" along with making guest appearances across the country via Kate Spade and Barneys New York retail installations.  This favorite pattern was on display in Charlottesville at the infamous Caspari store.  So if you don't want to dish out hundreds or even thousands for the fabric or wallpaper, you can bring this pattern into your home via napkins, place mats, invitations, wrapping paper, and gift bags.

I am also loving the scarf:

I love it in other colors too!

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