This month's "What's Hot" section in Elle Decor, has a small feature on the new Victoria Hagan collection at Target. AT:Chicago did a little post on it a few weeks ago. One thing in the article that popped out was the term "faux-shagreen," a term I had never heard of... After a little googling, found out "shagreen" is commonly made from shark or stingray skin. I had no idea people used stingrays for surfaces, but I recognize that the texture has been around for ages (...learn something new everyday!)
In any case, the Victoria Hagan collection at Target uses faux-shagreen, and there are some handsome pieces. I really love these nesting tables. Incredibly modern, and the faux-shagreen adds just the right amount of warmth and texture (they are also available in a dark wood version). There is also a matching set of desk accessoires, including two sizes of lamps, a tray, and a great clock. Check out the website here. Do any of you have any "shagreen" in your home?