|vintage Fornasetti malachite plates at First Dibs.|
One of my long-time obsessions is malachite. Not just the stone, but as a motif in interior design. I love the vibrant color, the mesmerizing pattern, and the way it just seems to look fabulous no matter where you use it. I am also a bit crazy for Fornasetti, whose gold and malachite plates (above) mix Empire splendor with Mid-Century chic.
|Malachite Room of the Grand Trianon, Versailles. photo by Lynne Rutter|
|Pillows made from "Gemstone" fabric in Emerald, from the Tony Duquette collection for Jim Thompson.|
|Coral-colored branches and Chinese porcelain with Fornasetti Malachite wallpaper form Cole and Sons, England.|
|painted malachite in progress by Lynne Rutter|
Cole and Sons makes a wonderful Fornasetti Malachite wallpaper and you can also find a well-designed malachite fabric by Ravynka at Spoonflower.
Pantone's Color of the Year for 2013 is Emerald Green. I can think of no better way to incorporate this color into your life than with malachite. Although, real emeralds are totally acceptable, of course.
For my fellow painters and color enthusiasts, genuine Malachite pigment is available from Sinopia.
|faux malachite mirror painted by Lynne Rutter|