Pineapples. You’ve probably seen a few of them around recently and I’m not just talking about the ones of the fruit and veg aisles. They’re on cushions, they’re shaped like mirrors, lamps and chalkboards, they’re on pop art prints, they’re on candles, they even are candles!
As much as I’m suffering from a vitamin c overload, I can’t help but have a smile on my face when I see one. They remind me of a tropical paradise I’ve yet to visit, sweet and sour curries, cans of lustre fruit cocktail, bacardi breezers and Made in Chelsea.
I realise I’ve probably lost you with the last one but in one of the earliest episodes of MIC we see Francis, diamond mining extraordinaire, dressed in a dapper suit, posing for a self portrait and holding a pineapple. Francis goes on to tell us (and I can confirm from my subsequent googling) that in and around the 16th century, the pineapple became a status symbol for the rich. They stood for wealth, power and travel as only the richest of the rich and royalty could afford to import them. Who would have thought that you could’ve learned something useful from watching Made in Chelsea?
So the next time you see a pineapple shaped home accessory and worry that the trend has become more of a cliché, think of yourself as a modern day aristocrat with impeccable taste but without the need of a boat load of money to import one.
Here’s a roundup of my favourite Pineapple products out there…
Pineapple tea light from Penneys (€3)
Tall side table lamp from Graham & Green (£75/€87)