Here at Gabby, our designers know how crucial the finishes of furnishings and other items are in potentially making or breaking our designs. As trends surface at a fast-pace, we like to experiment and play with new and interesting finishes to add texture and complexity to our favorite pieces. We anticipate the materials we use will create a desired look, and we work solely with suppliers willing to source the most unique and leading-edge materials.
With possibilities such as concrete alternatives, petrified wood, glass, and stone, we are continually seeking to use textures and finishes to create our best designs to date. If we are unhappy with the initial design of an item, our designers work to manipulate the pieces until we are satisfied with the end result.
Unfashionable for quite some time, Shagreen has rapidly come back in style. Shagreen – the smooth, pebbled skin of rays, sharks, and dogfish – denotes affluence and splendor, and has been coveted since the time of the pharoahs. Today, Shagreen is often imitated due to controversy surrounding its harvest from marine animals.
At Gabby, we use Faux Shagreen to create engaging textures on some of our finest pieces. The Jackson End Table, for example, is a multifunctional table constructed of Faux Shagreen and a marble top. The materials used are durable and the Faux Shagreen finish is modest yet sophisticated.
For centuries, people have sought to surround themselves with beautiful belongings, and Eglomise is the picture of beauty. Eglomise, a term that refers to glass gilded with gold or a metal leaf on the back, is nothing less than a sparkling jewel for interior design.
Our Felix Eglomise Tray Set has the classic, antique appeal of eglomise with a modern twist to add a glossy finish.
Another textured finish making its way back into the design market is the distinctive Cerused Oak. Traditionally, a white lead called ceruse was applied to oak wood in order to display its grain lines without altering the original color of the oak. Today, a nontoxic white wax is used in place of lead, and the texture style is commonly found in cabinetry, doors, and flooring.
The unique Cerused Oak on the legs of the Andrew Table adds depth and personality to this small accent table.
Reminiscent of the Industrial Age, Molded Concrete can be formed into practically any shape imaginable. Our designers at Gabby maintained the balance between iron and concrete in our Wyatt Bakers Rack, which features Molded Concrete Shelves.