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French connection: style, skins, stingrays

Interior-object designer Alexis Delletery reshapes stingray skin for the home. Photo by Alexander Wilburn

CORNWALL — When Alexis Delletery displayed his work at Cornwall’s 58th Rose Algrant Show earlier in August, no one quite knew what to make of it. The objects were handsomely and professionally crafted — but what were they made of? Just what was that material, hard as ivory but textured like an unfamiliar animal? Not snake, not crocodile, not shark …

The answer is shagreen, the rawhide produced by another animal you probably wouldn’t want to get too friendly with: a stingray. 

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