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July 15, 2011

ZEBRAS PUT A DIFFERENT SPIN ON SUGAR PLUM FAIRIES DANCING IN MY HEAD!!

Filed under: Scalamandre — Tags: , , — jherzlinger @ 2:03 pm
A few nights ago I was making one of my brothers favorite Italian  dishes,  Veal Marsala, that we always used to go to Gino’s to have.  Gino’s was this amazing trattoria on Lexington that was the chicest neighborhood kind of spot!
Everyone’s favorite ambiance because of the red zebra wallpaper .  The paper is from Scalmandre, and is in fact available today.  It was just featured in Andy and Kate Spade’s home, in a bathroom featured in an interiors magazine.
There is a fantastic story that goes to this wallpaper-
Gino Circiello, who although born in Buenes Aires had an Italian father who worked as a chef , and  immigrated to the United States. Gino decided to open an Italian restaurant on  Lexington Avenue in New York with two of his friends. According to The New York Times, “Mr. Circiello was a hunter without the means to pay for an African safari, but he reasoned that he could at least afford zebras on his wallpaper.” He commissioned his friend Franco Scalamandre to design wallpaper depicting leaping zebras pursued by arrows. The wallpaper is now synonymous with Gino’s and made the place a New York institution.

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In addition to the original Masai Red color and the Serengeti Green, , it also comes in Zanzibar Gold and Safari Brown.  When considering working with a pattern, like the zebras, treat the pattern as a neutral.  In other words, don’t be afraid that it is a bold or colorful theme, don’t however use it for an accent wall, it will look horrible.  This is the kind of paper, that given its theme and color palette needs to be used with confidence! Much like the post on the Palm wallpaper from the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Enjoy!
Love,
Jamie
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