Wave Hello to Scallop-Edged Detail on Everything from Napkins to Light Fixtures
Straight lines have been replaced with wavy curves, and a subtle frilled edge looks anything but stodgy.
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In the middle of the spectrum of frills, between a straight edge and a full ruffle, the scallop edge is a subtle, undulating curve around a border that mimics the ridges of a scallop shell. It’s a traditional design element that’s often seen on pillow shams and quilts on properly made beds. Lately, it’s been washing up in less expected places. The Australian home brand Bed Threads, known for using cool of-the-moment colors and soft linen, has expanded its collection to include placemats and napkins that look at home on a modern table, and the best of them are scalloped. New Orleans-based mirror company Fleur makes a scallop mirror in pastel candy colors. And Costa, the new restaurant at the Mar Monte hotel in Santa Barbara, filled its dining room with a fleet of yellow scallop chairs. Here, a few of our favorite wavy moments.
Along the border of a napkin, or stenciled in paint on a wall, a scallop edge implies pattern without being too busy or distracting.
A collection of wicker frames by Aerin Lauder for Williams Sonoma, an affordable jute rug from Etsy, a playful mirror (see also: the clever woodworking details on the bookshelf in the photo) and metal sconces from Los Angeles interior design firm Nickey Kehoe make scallop edging seem like a brand-new idea.
At the new Costa restaurant in the Mar Monte hotel in Santa Barbara, scallop-backed yellow chairs suit the cheery Amalfi-inspired atmosphere.