Malachite

Travel

[caption id="attachment_722" align="alignnone" width="546"]Malachite Chair on Desk Malachite chair sitting on malachite desk at Paris St. Ouen Flea Market[/caption] [caption id="attachment_723" align="alignnone" width="654"]Malachite Fireplace at Hermitage Winter Palace A malachite fireplace at the Hermitage (Winter Palace) in St. Petersburg[/caption] Hands down, my favorite stone is malachite. It's the perfect shade of green, it has incredible movement, and of course it is insanely expensive and rare.  This past summer I traveled to Russia and had the opportunity to tour the Winter Palace (The Hermitage) in St. Petersburg.  It has a room dedicated to malachite...I guess the Czar was a bit obsessed with it too.  It was filled with large malachite urns, columns, fireplaces, tables and coupes all created in the early 1800s. Maybe someday I'll have a "malachite room" like they had at the Winter Palace, but I'm doubtful given that a czar of Russia had them...probably not something in my budget at the moment.  Regardless, its a stone that is so unique in its movement and patterns that I can't help but dream of it.  Last year I completed a design for a show home here in Chicago where I included a malachite wallpaper.  Check out the DreamHome Foyer Interior Design for images, and I even use a malachite patterned paper (though not in vibrant green) in the Palmolive Interior Design project. What do you all think - do you dream of having a malachite room someday?  And is anyone else as obsessed as I am with those malachite chairs from the Paris flea market?