Just returned from Bermuda last week with a new appreciation for all things that are coral. The small islands totaling 21 square miles of Bermuda are surrounded by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. Approximately 570 miles east of North Carolina, Bermuda is far from major sources of pollution. The constant supply of clean warm water allows corals to proliferate much farther north than they otherwise would be able to live. The coral reefs in Bermuda are healthy and thriving and contain many of the species found in the Caribbean.
Front Street in Hamilton, Bermuda
Visiting design studios and boutiques up and down Front Street in Hamilton, Bermuda’s capital, it is apparent coral also is thriving as a decorative design element. Leading designers and manufacturers have taken note and are incorporating coral into lamps, light fixtures and decorative accessories.
Diallo Chandelier - The coral inspired large 8-light red lacquered resin chandelier is as dramatic as it is unique. The polished nickel center sphere gives it just the right amount of bling. Also available in white lacquer.
Wynne Assorted Coral Accessory, Set/3 – Give your seaside collections a look of substance and gravitas by arranging them around the Wynne trio of pedestal-mounted specimen corals. The authentic natural branch and brain coral skeletons each in a different neutral, yet dramatic, stone hue bloom like sculptural abstract flowers atop dark zinc pedestals. These chic metallic bases are gracefully tapered and softly fluted, bringing neo-classical flair to your oceanic vignette.
Malaya Coral/Zinc Lamp – Find yourself in a seaside retreat with the Malaya table lamp. Drawing inspiration from the ocean’s beautiful coral reefs, this fixture features a molded resin coral construction supported by a 3-inch zinc base. A light beige linen shade with a matching cotton lining provides a warm glow and illuminates the gorgeous coral detailing. A matching coral shaped finial completes the look.
Corinne Sea Fan Coral/Acrylic Sculpture, Set/2 – Intricately detailed as only nature can achieve, these lacy sea fans bring the beauty of the ocean into your home. There are about 500 different species of gorgonians (aka sea fans) found in the oceans of the world, primarily in the shallow waters of the Atlantic near Florida, Bermuda, and the West Indies.
Cassidy Orange Porcelain Lamp – Inspired by the coral reefs, this unique lamp offers an eclectic orange hue. An off-white linen shade glows with warmth and adds a soft touch to this decorative lighting element. An orange porcelain finial matches the base and tops off the design.
Exploring the cerulean seas of Bermuda can be an exhilarating and eye-opening experience. Enjoy this up-close and personal tour of the waters below with our friends at Fairmont Southampton’s DIVE Bermuda Shop. Dive trips depart daily from Fairmont’s breathtaking secluded pink sandy and private cove, next to the world famous Horseshoe Bay Beach.