Dream holidays often include a palm tree or two and right now I wouldn’t mind a bit of this:
The Ksar Char-Bagh is a luxury hotel in the Palmery of Marrakech with this fabulous palm-fringed pool which looks wonderful by day and spectacular at night. Palms have inspired designers for centuries with their very graphic leaves and striking silhouette. Just take a look at this:
Victorian silver plated table centrepiece in the form of a palm tree, the base with a seated figure of an Arab and a standing camel, English, c. 1868. Height: 21″ Not what most of us would have on the dinner table today but I sometimes think they were much more adventurous in the 19th century.
Though they were pretty out there in the 70s too – how about this palm tree lamp created by Jansen in gilded hot-cut metal with clear and green varnish on its nine palm leaves. The base is in coarse ground marble set in a bath of resin.
Of course, many brides dream of being married under a real palm tree.
And the jeweller Denny Wong has come up with this design to keep the day ever at hand
for 1,400 dollars.
From hand to mouth – a friend of mine Meryanne Loum Martin was asked by Meissen to design a set of china based on the palm fronds in her garden at Jnane Tamsna. Don’t ask how much it costs – she hasn’t even got a set herself.
But if a palm tree coffee is what you fancy, and who wouldn’t, it comes at a much more affordable price:
The great fabric designer Manuel Canovas has been inspired by palms for this collection called Bahamas:
As was David Hockney in California where he painted them many times, including in this very well-known image, A Bigger Splash, 1967:
And as for Dolce & Gabbana – they’ve just gone wild for palms.
Nice little casual outfit
with palm and banana sandals
and matching handbag. Who could ask for more?