Friday, June 29, 2012
I cannot resist a beautiful candle, and truth be told, it is likely that if you stopped by my home or studio at any given moment that a candle would be lit nearby. A tradition within my family that I have grown to love and appreciate as I get older is to start the day with music, coffee, and often, a candle. I love little traditions like these—they are a beautiful way to start the new day.
And while on the topic of tradition, Astier de Villatte, founded by Benoît Astier de Villatte and Ivan Pericoli, and their traditions that are carried on today in the creation of their products are quite intriguing. In fact, their team of twenty ceramicists (perhaps the largest in Paris) create pottery in the very same fashion in which Benoît's father taught him and his siblings. Starting with black Terracotta, each piece is wonderfully finished with a milky glaze that amplifies the unique characteristics of the clay used—no two are alike. Their unique take on ceramics, paper goods, perfumes, candles, furniture, silverware, glassware and more are created in a Bastille workshop that used to house Napolean's silversmith. Do you enjoy their shops and products as well?
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Images: Garance Doré