Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Roundup of Scalamandre Zebras!

Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of featuring a guest post from Beth at Chinoiserie Chic. Over the next few weeks, Beth will provide inspiration boards for a virtual renovation of a 1925 historic Chinese home here in Coral Gables, Florida. We kicked off the series here with the entryway, and I must say that I squealed with delight when I saw that she had selected Scalamandre’s Zebras wallpaper.

Image via Scalamandre

I have always been wild for these whimsical frolicking Zebras, and I loved learning the history of the pattern.  Beth’s post taught us that this wallpaper was created by Scalamandre in the 1940s for Gino's restaurant in Manhattan. According to the Scalamandre website,  the Italian restaurant was owned by a friend of Franco and Flora Scalamandré. The pattern was based on Flora’s original artwork, with a nod to the swanky safari themes that were popular at the time.  Scalamandre added the fabric line in 2011, and it remains one of their most beloved patterns.
Scalamandre Zebras in the original Masai Red at Gino’s (which sadly closed in 2010)

Wes Anderson was also a fan of the zebra wallpaper, which he used for Margot Tanenbaum's bedroom and bathroom in the 2001 movie The Royal Tanenbaums.

Over the last few years, these iconic zebras have been making their rounds.
Miles Redd via ELLE DECOR
Liz Caan
Lindsey Harper
Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse, 2012
Jamie Mears
Rachelle Hruska’s nursery via The Glow

Kate Spade dressing room at Bloomingdale's, NYC via STYLEBEAT
This playful wallpaper also comes in Black…
via Scalamandre
Scalamandre showroom, via Victoria Dreste Designs
  via Pinterest 
In Safari Brown…
via Traditional Home
In Serengeti Green…
Kate and Andy Spade's NYC apartment
It comes in Yellow (zebras with black stripes)…
Grant Gibson
Mayme Baker Studio
 And Zanzibar Gold (zebras with gold/brown stripes)...
source unknown
 via Houzz
In 2012, Scalamandre released four new colorways - Periwinkle, Tatami Straw, Scalamandré Red and Metallic Silver…
Earlier this year, Scalamandre partnered with Lenox to create an amazing line of china and barware, available for sale through Bloomingdale’s.
Richard Mishaan
Check out Kelly Market for a round up of the new Lenox items, along with other fabulous goodies featuring Scalamandre Zebras.

Scalamandre Zebras wallpaper is for sale through Decorators Best at $127.50 per roll.
For more zebra love, be sure the check out Beth’s post “Zebras and Palm Beach Chic” from yesterday’s Chinoiserie Chic and her fabulous  “Zebras” board on Pinterest
What is your favorite colorway?  I am partial towards the original Masai Red. My husband and I will be sharing an office in our new home, and I think this would be the perfect pattern for a gender-neutral space! What do you think?


  1. My favorite is the green. I think the red would be perfect for your office!

    1. I love the green too! Such a tough choice!!

      The Glam Pad

  2. This is the best roundup ever of Zebras. I so hope you use the red in your office. It is definitely unisex and would be amazing!

    1. Thank you, Beth! Coming from you, that is the ultimate compliment!! Yes, I do think the red would be perfect for our office. :)

      The Glam Pad

  3. I love them all, I have the red umbrella, it's an utter delight!

    1. Ohhh, that umbrella is on my wish list!!

      The Glam Pad

  4. Loved the post!! Thanks for the shout out! We are HUGE fans of the Scalamandre Zebra!

  5. Love this pattern! Green is my favorite...but the yellow and red are up there too! Take care, Caroline

  6. Oh I love them all. Very hard choice. So many papers.....so little time. - Brandy

  7. It is my all time favorite wallpaper! I have the red umbrella, which is sooooo cute. I feel great carrying it! Very cute post.


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