A few weeks ago, on one of those warm end of summer days, I jumped in the back of a yellow taxi to visit the legendary Scalamandre townhouse.
To be very honest, many moons ago, I saw the name Scalamandre and thought it was pronounced “salamander.” Say it with me, Scal-uh-mahn-dray.
This legendary house of design has a very rich history. In brief, the grandaddy of it all, Franco Scalamandre, sailed to New York from Italy in 1923 in search of freedom and opportunity. In 1929, he met his wife Flora Baranzelli who studied at Parsons School of Design. She painted some of their earliest patterns.
I am a sucker for the finest crafted trimmings and details. The hand-made tassels that can be found in this house are fit for royalty; they use classic techniques and only the finest silks. On staff they have a tassel expert—yes, a person whose sole purpose is to design and create tassels and trims. Can you say amazing!?
Check out the pink fluffy trimming above—it belongs on the legs of a dear old friend of ours.
Yes! Big Bird is a client! I mean, come on. I always knew that bird had high-end gams. Scalamandre is truly a multi-faceted resource!
I was loving the wallpaper on the left; it looks like ruched fabric, so billowy. Personally, I love using sophisticated products in children’s rooms.
Leafing through the flats of fabric, I fell in love with this rainbow of possibilities. Scalamandre’s Moiré fabric and wall covering are so soft, textural and elegant.
These zebras are a Scalamandre classic! Remember them from the 2001 film The Royal Tenenbaums?
I just love these zebras. They are the epitome of cute and chic!
This silvery nail head design is sparkling in person and available in many colors.
The graphic florals are available in several colorways and remind me of lace—so perfect for an accent wall.
The giraffe pattern fabric is so rich—the photos do not do it justice. Safari nurseries are so popular, and I rarely see a giraffe print used. This would make striking drapery, throw pillows or a custom crib skirt.
Count them sheep.
I love turtles!
This pattern just makes me so happy!
The climbing florals and bows below would look striking with a spindle crib.
Sail away with this vintage pattern.
There are so many styles and colorways available; be sure to check out the rest of their collection.