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Design Icon: Scalamandre Zebra Pattern

by Maxwell Tielman


Design: Scalamandré Zebra Pattern

Designer: Flora Scalamandré  (1907-1987)

Date: 1930s

Country of Origin: United States

Manufacturer: Scalamandré (a silk manufacturer founded by Franco and Flora Scalamandré in 1929)

Materials and Construction: Both the wallpaper and silk fabric versions of the pattern are hand screen printed.

Fun Facts: The pattern was originally designed for use in Gino’s restaurant on Lexington Avenue in New York. An immediate icon, the pattern has been used time and time again in numerous interiors, window displays and —perhaps most famously— in Wes Anderson’s film The Royal Tenenbaums.

Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg.



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  • I went to Gino’s restaurant almost every week throughout my childhood and this wallpaper is ingrained in my mind–I loved it then and I love it now!