There’s something about a pineapple which seems to inspire us. Just look at the beauty in this everyday display I came across in a market in Calcutta.
Pineapples pop up in all sorts of design – here’s some I’ve picked for you:
Anyone can be artistic with this idea – hollow out a pineapple and pop a jam jar of flowers in it. Note: left too long this pretty table centre can become a magnet for fruit flies.
Whereas, when they are fashioned in metal they last and last. The pineapple ice bucket is a home design classic – and I think this fruit salad seating is very cheery.
Include these in your Totally Pineapple themed summer party. Mad idea? You’d be surprised how many people think otherwise.
There also seems to be a keen interest in pineapple sculpture – this porcupine is just one example of many. I’m not usually charmed by cutesie things but this made me smile.
The pineapple has been used as a motif in architecture and garden ornament for hundreds of years. As an exotic fruit it was a symbol of luxury and in the seventeenth century gardeners in Britain constructed elaborate ‘pineapple pits’ to create the warm conditions they needed. They even qualified as important enough to be the subject of this portrait of Charles II being presented with a pineapple by his royal gardener. Actually, there’s some dispute about the veracity of this painting, but we get the idea.
But getting back to creativity and the pineapple – here’s artist Christina Otero with the last word in pineapple portraiture. What will you do with a pineapple this summer?