Shagreen is not a new material but it has taken up a new fascination in the interior design world, yet again.
Shagreen is the hide of stingrays or dogfish that is treated and used like a leather to cover many different things. The hide is salvaged from fishing companies, mostly in South East Asia, that catch the stingrays for food. It can be seen in cultures as far back as the pharos and has come back into fashion time and time again, most notably in the Art Deco era. For more information about shagreen you can visit Apartment Therapy's blog post on the topic.
While this material may be controversial, there is no denying that it is once again a popular look. For a more Sha-'Green' feel there are many choices out there for faux shagreen as well.
Shagreen can be seen in many other applications in both interiors and in fashion. Here are a few of our favorite finds!
Here at Donna DuFresne Design we recently finished covering a table in shagreen and couldn't be happier with how it turned out. We worked closely with Evyn Design to make this beautiful piece come to life.