Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Scallops & Shells

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Scallops & Shells

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Byline: Barbara Chandler

FURNITURE and accessories created from salvaged shells set in resin were presented by award-winning London designer Bethan Gray at Milan Design Week. Star of the show was a table made from scallop shells trimmed into an elegant geometric design.

Scallops are everywhere in interiors right now, highlighted as a pattern trend by influential Clippings design website. For London designer Neisha Crosland, they're an enduring pattern motif, linked with scales and crescents. Her elegant, understated designs are not only beautiful and emotive but they work effectively as pattern repeats over wide areas.

"Scallops are everywhere in nature rose petals, leaf edges, and of course the shell itself they are part of my visual language," says Crosland, who has produced encaustic floor and wall tiles for Artisans of Devizes, in a handmade shell-like pattern in four colourways. Collecting shells in Dorset inspired the sand-like ripples on a range of hand-thrown porcelain for British-brand Portmeirion by cook/designer Sophie Conran. Linens, silver and crystal cut with radiant scallops complete the look (sophieconran.com).

In the roaring Twenties, decorators in London and New York loved the curvy, interlocking patterns of shells an Art Deco staple on metallic and lacquered wall finishes and exotic furniture inlays. For a modern lookalike, Deco Martini comes in blush, arsenic green or teal, from east London design duo Divine Savages, on fabric, wallpaper and a lamp shade (divinesavages.com). Or try Rene Nightfall, PS50 a roll at Graham & Brown (grahambrown.com).

A traditional pattern called "fish scale" uses interlocking tiles in scallop shapes. The Siren range from Topps Tiles is a lovely mix of highglaze blues and greens (toppstiles.co. uk). Fired Earth does a sophisticated version in handcut white marble with grey veins (firedearth. …

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