Friday night, my husband and I popped out for a delicious meal at Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton, NY. The bistro was abuzz and seated next to us was Katie Lee (ex-wife of Billy Joel, celebrity chef and cookbook author..fast forward to last night – Saturday – and who dined near us but Billy Joel at the American Hotel). The vibe of energy in the evening air at Almond was enhanced by the pop of red at the back of the restaurant and the wallpaper was none other than “Zebras” in Masai Red by Scalamandre. Those of you who are in the design world would have recognized the paper, as I did, much as anyone would spot a celebrity seated at a nearby table.
Please forgive my cell phone photo here, but you get the idea:
According to Morrison Polinghorn, “Scalamandre’s iconic Zebra pattern dates to the late 1930s in New York, premiering at Gino’s restaurant on Lexington Avenue. Flora Scalamandre designed the art deco wallpaper especially for its shoe-boxed sized premises, stying zebras with arrows representing a hunt. Its striking contrast of black and white zebras on red background proved a hit. Later, the design was offered with alternative green, yellow and brown background hues. Quixotically, the original screen cutters forgot to engrave a stripe on the rear leg of the smaller zebra. A conscious decision was made to retain the missing zebra stripe to this day.”
The chic design has also been made into umbrellas (contact us at customer email@example.com if you would like us to order one for you) and style-setter Kelly Wearstler has been spotted out and about in LA with hers: