Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Branching out with cool coral

This endangered treasure of the world's oceans finds its way into handsome interpretations
for the table. And for Spring it's the color du jour!


(above: An Alberto Pinto creation for Raynaud, Cristobal dinnerware, available at Gracious Style)

Not quite pink, not quite orange, not quite red, some things can only be described as coral.
Coral can be found in the wild in many colors, but the most precious, prized for its alluring
color, is the coral-colored variety. Its unique sculptural form is as enticing as its color,
inspiring decorative motifs on everything from placemats to napkin rings.


(above: red coral placemats, Kim Seybert, Gracious Style)

Dress up your table with coral like with these tree branch shaped centerpiece scultures
in white. You haven't seen underwater action like this since you last went scuba diving.



Stylized coral patterns are at once exotic and sophisticated, endowing a spirit of wit and
fun. Perk up any setting with an unexpected accent of coral (a little goes a long way)!
Stylized and exotic, coral lends itself to artistic, sophisticated reinterpretations in every
aspect of the home. Whether it's presented in a vibrant eponymous hue or sun-bleached
to pale white, the overall effect is simply striking.


(above: Cristobal Turquoise by Raynaud available at Bloomingdales)

8 comments:

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Allison said...

No credit/designer info? I'd like to know where to get that fab blue coral bowl.

Sarah Dennis said...

Hi Allison, thanks for stopping by. I was so excited about this post that I hit the "publish" button to quickly and forgot to include my source info.

I'm glad you like the blue coral bowl. Raynaud, the traditional French porcelain manufacturer from Limoges produced this dinnerware pattern. The pattern is called "Cristobal Turquoise" and you can purchase the bowl from Bloomingdale's.

Allison said...

Thanks Sarah! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, The coral theme is absolutely beautiful and I've noticed is becoming quite popular. Unfortunately, the coral reef community is actually a little concerned that promoting coral as decor may encourage collecting of live coral fragments, thus harming coral reef ecosystems. Could you add a note, for example, to the the comment of dressing your table with branching coral centerpieces that these are (I am assuming) sculptures and not to collect live coral? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Where can you find the tall white branch like coral on the table with the candle in the middle?

Anonymous said...

^^Thanks!!

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