Last August, we spent a whirlwind day in New York City visiting as many of our favorite places as possible and ABC Carpet & Home in the Flatiron District was on the list. An enormous building with a million different floors (possible exaggeration), the space is an interior design mecca and worthy of the pilgrimage (no exaggeration).
Just down the street from the fun and funky Fishs Eddy, ABC Home features the kind of directional design that doesn't dither about price points. You know the adage: If you have to ask the price you probably can't afford it... Personally, it's an adage I never seem to heed.
So there I was looking at price tags left and right, when I came across a display area featuring the Astier de Villatte collection of milky white pottery and tableware from Paris -I was in love. Until I scanned the tags: heartbreak. A mug for $128; a scalloped-edge pasta dish for $140...
Well, I suppose we could all use the same bowl?
It was beautiful.
Hand-crafted in a Bastille workshop once used by Napoleon's silversmith (!), the pieces are formed using black terracotta clay and inspired by the methods and artistry of the 18th century. Sigh.
Still, my full appreciation for the work wasn't fully realized until I watched the absolutely gorgeous video I included on the blog above. Yes, I know it's long, but do yourself a favor and take a mini-break to Paris. If possible, watch it on a full screen. The scenery alone is pure escapism, pour yourself a glass of wine, grab a baguette and wear something stripey...it's like you're there...
The video does an amazing job of showing the craftsmanship behind every piece and the work that goes into every candle, notebook and wineglass they sell. As my Francophile friends might say, C'est magnifique!
The video makes me think of a Mr.Roger's episode for design loving adults -it's a beautiful day in the arrondissement!
Have a wonderful weekend!
xo-xo (kisses on both cheeks!)