Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Frutta di Mare

Now this is actually my favourite thing OF ALL TIME, combining three of my other favourite things, all conveniently packaged in the one beautiful homeware: shagreen, silver and half an avocado.

Traditionally known as shark skin, shagreen’s popularity surged in the late 19th / early 20th century (another of my favourite eras) often used as covering for small boxes, and instrument cases.
Truth be known, it’s actually made from the skin of a ray, technically part of the shark family. And after what they did to Steve Irwin, perfectly OK to be skinned.

This particular example takes the organic sculptural form of a cleanly devoured avocado, the naturally speckled surface perfect for this, the interior in a beaten silver, alluding to both the freshly scraped inside and the surface of the water in which the shark once preyed.

No longer any danger, and with no more calories, this is my kind of seafood.

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