"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
_ William Morris
, 19th century craftsman, designer, writer

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Parisian Interlude: Astier de Villatte


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!)

1 comment :

  1. I will consider the social, economic and political factors of Astier De Villatte. Advancments in Astier De Villatte can be linked to many areas. While it has been acknowledged that it has an important part to play in the development of man, it is impossible to overestimate its impact on modern thought. Crossing many cultural barriers it still draws remarks such as 'I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole' and 'i'd rather eat wasps' from the upper echelons of progressive service sector organisations, many of whom blame the influence of television.


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