Tuesday, June 19, 2007

A Fashionable Fruit

The pineapple has gone glam! Long a symbol of hospitality, the pineapple motif has been part of the American decorative arts for centuries. And, for many years, the poor pineapple has been relegated to second rate design and Williamsburg inspired kitsch. But no more! This exotic fruit that hid its light under a bushel is stepping out and is ready to take up the mantle of chicness for the 21st century.

"Pineapple" wallpaper by Studio Printworks

"Isadora Silver" crystal pineapple by William Yeoward

"Harbour Court" fabric at Lewis & Sheron

Pair of Pineapple Lamps, circa 1950-60, attributed to Maison Charles; available at Tom Thomas

Pineapple basin set at P.E. Guerin

Photo at top: The Pineapple, an architectural folly in Dunmore Park, Scotland


  1. I don't know why, but I was just thinking about pineapples yesterday! Must be that collective consciousness thing! I love those lamps too!

  2. Anonymous10:33 AM

    I love all things pineapple. But I am obsessed with Southern Hospitality.

    Great post. I posted awhile back on my latest pineapple purchases from Limetree

  3. You can rent the pineapple through the Landmark Trust in the UK.

  4. Stunning post! The folly in Scotland is a favorite.

  5. ladyjicky8:28 PM

    I love the lamps too! I think the pineapple taps would be difficult to turn on and off but they look good.

  6. Great post!! I really love these images. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for pineapple inspired things :)

  7. What a great post!! Love pineapples and that wallpaper from Studioprintworks is stunning - I have often wished for a job to come along in which I could use that paper!!

  8. Lady- You might be right about that!

  9. I wish I had found that top photo before I had made my pineapple post! That is brills in that Diana Vreeland limits of taste type way.

  10. I havee to laugh - this is a great post - original I must say! I am thoroughly enjoying wandering around here :-)!