Saturday
Apr022011

malachite

Sunroom at Dawnridge via The Adventures of Tartanscot

When I read Scot Meacham Wood's blog post on the luncheon he attended at Dawnridge, once home to decorating legend Tony Duquette, I was malachite green with envy. The swish affair, hosted by Sferra linens and Hutton Wilkinson, Duquette's protegé  and business partner, included a guest list that was a who's who of who was in LA for the Design Blogger Conference. I've been rather mad for malachite for a couple of years now, and Dawnridge is mecca for malachite lovers. Duquette was a devotee of the material -- a carbonate mineral in the most exquisite shade of green. If you know me at all, you know I have a soft spot for all things green. Above is a shot of the sunroom at Dawnridge -- the carpet, round tablecloth, and design details along the ceiling all exhibiting the unmistakable green-black swirls of malachite. Just delicious.

Malachite is mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo -- hmm, that can't be good.

Here's our own burgeoning collection. These pieces once belonged to my favourite Toronto designer -- they are true treasures -- adore the egg!

This groovy little faux malachite painted box is also part of the collection chez nous. The top is the best part:

Spied this little pretty from Lamshop at the New York Gift Show in Feb. I could find a spot for this.

 

And bless Chicago designer Summer Thornton for her use of the wonderful Cole & Son malachite wallpaper. It's so sexy and just perfection with the overscaled wing chair and checkerboard floor -- oh the drama!

But the pièce de résistance is here. A nice tall, shapely papièr maché  faux malachite urn with lid. I found this stunner at a massive antiques warehouse in Arundel, Maine. Total score. As if I didn't love Maine enough already -- this find endeared her to me even more. My only regret? Well, not to be greedy, but this really is the kind of item one wishes one had a pair of....sigh.

 

Reader Comments (7)

can't say I'm a fan of the malachite but I could definitely live with the way that Summer thornton interpreted it .... might have to rethink my previous position ... LOL

The luncheon at Dawnridge indeed sounded fabulous - I read several different blog posts!! I don't love all malachite but your collection is particularly wonderful!! And you're not greedy at all - I totally understood how you wish you had a match for your urn (unless of course that means I'm greedy as well).

April 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterquintessence

DEAR MARGOT...
LOVE YOUR BLOG AND YOUR PASSION FOR MALACHITE... I WISH YOU HAD BEEN INVITED TO OUR LUNCH AT "DAWNRIDGE" BUT SFERRA WAS IN CHARGE OF THE GUEST LIST... I'LL MAKE SURE YOUR ON THE LIST FOR NEXT TIME. HAVE YOU SEEN THE TONY DUQUETTE MALACHITE "GEMSTONE" FABRIC FOR JIM THOMPSON THAI SILK??? THERE IS ALSO REAL MALACHITE AND 18K GOLD, "ONE OF A KIND" TONY DUQUETTE JEWELRY WHICH IS BEING SOLD THROUGH SAKS FIFTH AVENUE IN NYC AND AT SELECT SAKS STORES AROUND THE COUNTRY AS WELL AS www.tonyduquette.com . BONHAMS AND BUTTERFIELDS IS HAVING A HUGE SALE ON APRIL 18TH IN L.A. (AND ON LINE) OF 100+ TONY DUQUETTE NECKLACES... A LOT OF WHICH FEATURE MALACHITE!!! CHECK IT OUT ON LINE...
WE SHOULD START A "MALACHITE LOVERS SOCIETY"... HMMMMM????? KEEP IN TOUCH AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE EVER COMING TO L.A.... AND I AGREE WITH YOU... "PAIRS"... GOTTA HAVE UM!!!
BEST.... HUTTON

April 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHUTTON WILKINSON

Scot's post was great and yours is too, malachite is fascinating! The wallpaper is designed by Fornasetti and have you seen the "Fornasetti: the complete universe" book (I have a post on it) with Malachite cover...beautiful!

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrillante

DEAR MARGOT... LOVE THE FORNASETTI... OF COURSE... FOR OUR LUNCH IN THE GARDEN AT DAWNRIDGE THAT SCOTT ATTENDED... WE USED OUR COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL FORNASETTI MALACHITE DISHES (I THNIK THEY ARE FROM THE 50'S AND I'M LUCKY TO HAVE 24 OF THEM... ALL BEST... HUTTON

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHUTTON WILKINSON

Hutton, So pleased that you stopped by here. Those Fornasetti plates sound divine - I think I did catch a glimpse of them on Scot's blog. I would die to have a piece of Tony Duquette jewelry! My husband recently acquired a rather broken chess board made partly from malachite and we're thinking of having a jeweler make up pendants and/or bracelets from the shards. Not exactly Tony Duquette but a substitute for now. Meawhile, will continue to enjoy the book. More definitely is MORE! -m

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMargot

would faint for a trip to Dawnridge! I swoon everytime I flip by the gemstone wing in the Jim Thompson section of Telio :)

malachite forever!!

ps- check out this photo from my trip to africa of all the malachite we saw at a local market: http://jessicaclairesworld.blogspot.com/search?q=malachite

April 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjessica claire

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