Shown Above: James Mirror by Made Goods , Lawton Grey Shagreen Embossed Leather Table Lamp by Arteriors Home , Coral Shagreen Dresser , Audrey Desk — Ivoy by Made Goods , Annika Stool by Made Goods
Shagreen was used for centuries in Asian cultures to sustain a better grip on swords and daggers with leather handles (hilts). The technique of pounding little plant seeds under drying horse skin (later shark and sting ray skin) to create a coarse texture when dyed took on different depths.
While later used for practical reasons such as keeping the nose and ears of your spectacles in place, the trend soon caught on with designers for French aristocrats. This became a sought after status symbol of high fashion and was very pricey as a result of the rare materials. Later, resin molds were used to create a ‘Faux Shagreen.’ This new finish is no less expensive as the skill to duplicate this look is still only achievable by the best. It is a timeless look with durability to last for years to come. No matter if the base of a lamp, the frame of a mirror, or piece of furniture; all are an investment piece to say the least.
Definitely a trend worth trying and easy upgrade to any style of room! Goes great with modern lacquer, metals, vintage and industrial pieces.