Decoration

Belaggio Hotel Shell Panels for Mayfair Supper Club, Las Vegas

New Mayfair Supper Club, Belaggio Hotel, Las Vegas is the toast of the town–that’s what Town and Country Magazine wrote in its March, 2020 article about the new Vegas “Hot Spot”. Well, with the over-the-top and, somehow still classic, design of Martin Brudnizki, how could it be otherwise? One wouldn’t expect to see grand glass wall panels etched with jelly […]
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Seashells as a Decorating Medium

  Seashells play a bigger part in decorating than one May imagine.  Did you know that Limestone is made of Seashells?  Marble is a more refined version of Limestone, so also contains compressed matter from the sea.   It’s hard to imagine how much of our Earth was once under water, but finding seashell fossils in the Moroccan desert and […]
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Seashells: The Salt (and Pepper) of the Earth

With shock and dismay I see some pretty awful mid-century kitsch used in design today, and I guess it works in some instances.  Shell kitsch, however, is so bad it’ll never be good. It’s the craftsmanship as well as the tastelessness of the stuff that  makes it so awful. Vintage Shell Art When I tell someone that I make things […]
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Sailors’ Valentines

When the Dutch started bringing seashells back from travels in the 1550’s, the use of them in art and science was born. Connoisseurs needed to be supplied with rare species for their Cabinets of Curiosity. Cabinets soon graduated to entire rooms, which appeared, with their magic, in Renaissance gardens, Louis XIV’s Grotto of Thetis at Versailles and Marie Antoinette’s shell […]
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