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Season 1, Episode 4

The Story of Shagreen

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The term of the day? Shagreen. Historically made from the skin of a shark or stingray, this glam hide (now often found in faux) is a chic choice for a sophisticated space. But did you know that its popularity dates back centuries? On this episode of The Furniture Geek, Jason Oliver Nixon unveils the ancient cultures that swooned for shagreen, and shares the many ways to incorporate this classic texture into your decor.

Products In This Episode

Emelia Tall Cabinet

Lillian August Modern Living

The Emelia Tall Cabinet is both stylish and functional. The straight grain oak veneers are grey dyed inside and out with the door faces contrasted in a lighter grey shagreen and appointed with scroll shaped brushed brass hardware.

Delmont Desk

Lillian August Modern Living

This unique Box-on-Stand design provides a beautiful blend of materials. The case is straight grain oak veneers in a grey dyed finish with a beveled edge leading to lighter grey shagreen drawer fronts. The base and inset drawer hardware are brushed brass.

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As one-half of heralded design duo Madcap Cottage, Jason Oliver Nixon has built his ottoman empire as the prince of prints. But his knowledge of design goes beyond pattern: he’s a walking, breathing encyclopedia of style! In “The Furniture Geek,” Jason’s sharing his vast wealth of knowledge, from the little-known origins of popular silhouettes, to clues about color and cues on quality. Watch--and learn--as our resident geek of chic conducts his study on style. More

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