This week’s “Designer’s Pick” showcases a beautiful collection of crafted furnishings and accessories all made from plaster. The first documented use of this layered technique, which involves applying lime or gypsum to a water and sand base, started around the Egyptian era where it was often used for decorative wall and ceiling treatments. The design became somewhat of a Hollywood obsession around the 1930’s when white furnishings became a popular trend. Short lived, the obsession quickly died down as the material was soon frowned upon for its brittle and seemingly frail nature. Today, with very few original designs having survived the test of time, these plastered furnishings have become extremely rare and also extremely valuable. The off white pigmentation works to give each piece a whimsical aesthetic with delicate detailing that echoes on the designs so often seen throughout the Neoclassical era.