Tag Archives: Oyster Shell

The oyster shell offerings that Currey & Company continues to produce span from whimsical to earthy. When we write about these products, we file the post under this tag. Here are a few examples that have made our offerings so popular: Our lovely Oyster Shell Birdbath comes in three sizes that combine uncommon materials into a whimsical design to transform the humble oyster shell and unrefined concrete into an art piece. The substantial frame of the Ostra Wall Mirror is awash in shells that have been hand-applied to create an artful surface. The decorative mirror reads like a stretch of sun-dappled shoreline given the interplay of sandstone hues and oyster shells. Is there anything more perfect for a seaside cottage or condo than this elemental nod to the beach? An ode to tranquility, the Stillwater Chandelier features strands of natural oyster shells thoughtfully strung along an oval wrought iron frame treated to a blacksmith finish.   and the Margate Mirror has had oyster shells hand-applied to the interior of its frame by artisans, the contemporary gold leaf finish to which its interior and exterior edges have been treated turning up the volume on opulence.

Natural State on Trend

The opening image for Cecil’s style stories that includes the Samoa Two-Tiered Chandelier, one of the fixtures he placed within the Natural State trend.
The opening image for Cecil’s style stories that includes the Samoa Two-Tiered Chandelier, one of the fixtures he placed within the Natural State trend.

Several weeks ago we shared Vice President/Creative Director Cecil Adams’ Black and White trend forecast. Today, we take a look at his inspiration for choosing Natural State as one of his style stories for 2020, illustrated by a number of our products that he sees as fitting for this category. 

Natural State Style Story

Emblazoned on the opening collage of his Natural State style story, Cecil shared this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Nature always wears the color of the spirit.” Cecil goes on to say, “Natural State is all about utilizing materials that are either in their natural state or made to look as though they are in their natural state.” He cites rope, rattan, natural iron, brass, leather, terracotta, and wood, all materials we’ve used to create lighting and furniture that have a quintessentially natural feel. In the image below, these materials are front and center in the Fitzrovia Pendant, the Antibes Small Chandelier, the Piero Chandelier, and the Samoa Small Pendant. These elemental fixtures look wonderful with the Thibaut Palm Frond wallpaper in a natural colorway serving as a backdrop.

Illustrating the Natural State trend are the Fitzrovia Pendant, the Antibes Small Chandelier, the Piero Chandelier, and the Samoa Small Pendant.
Illustrating the Natural State trend are the Fitzrovia Pendant, the Antibes Small Chandelier, the Piero Chandelier, and the Samoa Small Pendant.

“The addition of white to the mix makes it feel fresh and modern,” he notes. “Much of this design trend takes its cues from the 1970’s, an era when natural materials were rediscovered for their unique properties, and celebrated in fashion and home.” He also explains how the use of natural materials allows us to highlight many of the handicrafts of the countries from which our products are made. “The Philippines, India, Vietnam, and Indonesia,” he adds, “all have excellent skills and resources to provide for a multitude of products in this trend.”

The editors of Veranda note how wicker is on trend, highlighting our Antibes Chandelier. As seen in Veranda Magazine, May/June 2020. Produced by Dayle Wood (@daylewood24).
The editors of Veranda note how wicker is on trend, highlighting our Antibes Chandelier. As seen in Veranda Magazine, May/June 2020. Produced by Dayle Wood (@daylewood24).

Tropical elements were high on his list of materials we’ll be seeing quite a lot of this year. Illustrating this fact is the “Material Matters” department in the May/June 2020 issue of Veranda Magazine that includes our Antibes Chandelier in a larger size. “Wicker is design alchemy, turning humble natural fibers such as rattan, cane, and raffia to gold by weaving them into topographies unimaginable for more refined materials,” the article states. “But the greater magic is that wicker turns moments into gold as well.” The well-written piece includes this remarkable declaration: “Wicker tugs at the too-tight necktie of a formal room, offers a tactile reprieve from idealized surfaces, and playfully reminds us that the color tan can in fact be fabulous.” We’re thrilled the Antibes caught the editor’s eye as a “Wicker, Well, Lit” standout!

Distressing and rope-wrapped on trend at Currey & Company

Accessories is a category that is rich in natural materials, as the above image illustrates. Bone, terracotta, wood, and bronze objets d’art are arranged atop our Kanor console and cocktail tables, which are made of pieces of reclaimed wood. To the right is our beautiful rope-wrapped Ibiza Chandelier covered in Abacá rope.

Abaca rope furniture is a big trend with Currey & Company

Other offerings that show off our rope artistry include our Olisa Console Table and Bench, the Vilmar Floor Mirror, and Simo Accent Table—each piece covered dexterously in Abacá rope and lit by our Stillwater Pendants dangling their delightful oyster shells

The Currey & Company Natural State trend includes perused white oak and wicker.

As Cecil notes in his presentation, white brings a fresh, modern feeling to any room with a natural mood. Case in point is the Morombe White Credenza and our Surrey Table Lamps in the image above. Also brightening the vignette are our Fern White Vases (we also offer them in green). Bringing warmth to the scene are our Samoa Two-Tiered Chandelier, our Kenton Rectangular Whitewash Tea Table, and our Dyer Denim Oyster Ottoman. And, of course, the lovely Antibes is all the prettier up close and personal!

Colette van den Thillart’s ourdoor dining space at the Kips Bay Palm Beach Decorator Show House as seen in Veranda Magazine, May/June 2020.Produced by Rachael Burrow (@rachaelburrow).
Colette van den Thillart’s ourdoor dining space at the Kips Bay Palm Beach Decorator Show House as seen in Veranda Magazine, May/June 2020.Produced by Rachael Burrow (@rachaelburrow).

For her outdoor dining space for the 3rd Annual Kips Bay Palm Beach Decorator Show House, shown here in Veranda Magazine’s May/June 2020 issue, Colette van den Thillart chose our Jazz Pendants and Rowland Wall Sconces. The space absolutely oozes natural attributes that highlight Cecil’s projections for the year. The Jazz pendants illustrate how white does indeed bring a fresh feel to a space, even an outdoor one, and the Rowland sconces, made of concrete, are marvelously elemental. 

Stay Safe Until We Can Meet Again

We hope you enjoyed our perusal of Cecil’s Natural State style story and we implore all of you to stay safe during these challenging times.