Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Malachite Madness

MALACHITE MADNESS: Revered by the ancient Egyptians for its mystical and therapeutic properties, malachite still holds a spell over those of us who marvel at its ability of fascinate with its never-ending, never-repeating green patterns -- informing us that it's not possible to ever see it all, that there is still more.  The many variations of green in bands moving from very light to very dark add even more to its allure.  Clockwise from top left: 1. Dransfield & Ross placemats; 2. textile by Ravynka through Spoonflower; 3. tables from Global Views; 4. European art glass in malachite tones; 5. Tony Duquette's large rug from Roubini Rugs; 6. the real deal.  STYLE TIP: Since everyone's talking about going green, here's your chance to do it visually and make a dramatic statement at the same time.  Mix it up with silver for a crisp modern feel.  Dark wood tones make it intriguing; light wood tones make it playful.  Malachite tiles make an incredible kitchen backsplash or countertop.  Fill a bowl with raw or polished malachite stones in differing shapes and sizes (skip the eggs -- everyone's done that).  FINAL NOTE: If you're gonna be green with envy, make it malachite green.