Some giggled, some jeered when LA designer Christian May painted a kitschy monkey a matte white and shared his Before and After. Well, Christian and his chalky monkey just might be on to something. Chalk white and plaster finishes are showing up at major retailers and vendors, on everything from lamps to vases to mirrors.
Against of-the-moment gray walls and weathered wood, chalky finishes look white haute. Even House Beautiful is all about chalking up something in an interior, dedicating a full page to the trend in their April issue. Part of the resurgence of plaster is due to the interest in 70s design icon John Dickinson, whose work has been reformulated in a sturdier, more resilient (and lighter) fiberglass-reinforced concrete and reissued by Sutherland Furniture. (As elegant as the plaster originals were, they rarely arrived at their final destination undinged and chipless, which is why originals, if in decent shape, command a high price tag on sites like 1stdibs and V&M.) So, lamp or vase, original or repro — go get plastered!
Top row, left to right:
1 Vintage monkey — Christian May
2 Donna Karan Porcelain Touch Low Vase — Lenox
3 Stephen Antonson Table Lamp — West Elm
4 African Side Table Stool/reissue— John Dickinson for Sutherland
5 Stephen Antonson Mirror — West Elm
Bottom row, left to right:
6 Stephen Antonson Classic Vases — West Elm
7 Hector Table Lamp — Oly
8 Donna Karan "Cavern" — Limited edition for Lenox
9 African Side Table Stool/vintage — Available at Coup D Etat
10 Eden Roc Lamp Base — The Alpha Workshops
(Images: As linked)