Monday, June 15, 2009

Tortoise Talk

The shell of a child's favorite found pet has been making a comeback as the go-to decor item of the moment. Designer's such as Kelly Wearstler and decorator Victoria Hagan have been using them in their recent projects to add that little something extra to a room. The best and most recent appearance in the shell game was in Wearstler's La Marea at The Tides South Beach. The charming restaurant features hooded Hall Porter style dining chairs and a subdued color palette. But most notable, the collection of turtle shells seen adorning the tops of the restaurant walls. How on earth did Wearstler find so many of these and at such a great scale? Well, they are resin, and thank goodness considering many of our reptilian friends can still be found on the endangered species list.

Manhattan's Upper East Side hosts a beautifully colored amber and ivory shell in a historic townhouse. Victoria Hagan is the noted decorator but no word on if this is faux or for real. Photo by Simon Upton for Elle Decor.

Jonathan Adler has recently released the Tortoise Lamp for $695. Translucent china mounted on a shiny nickel base is both humane and stylish, JaDIE!

5 comments:

Arlynn said...

JAdie, over & over - of course he would have a fabulous (ann animal-friendly) tortoise lamp : )

Sanity Fair said...

I'm such a Wearstler fan - and really like this treatment of shells.

Jill said...

The Tides in Zihuatanejo was beautiful, but I bet if Wearstler took a crack at it, it would be fabulous!

Pigtown-Design said...

What??? No one yelled at you for showing the shells? I had one Victorian era one on my blog last week and people went nuts! Someone from the SPCA even commented!

Lucinda said...

Maybe because these are all faux? That or else I am not on Peta's radar yet. Sorry you got yelled at, that is never fun.