I travelled to Paris a few weekends ago with my friend Gabriela to see the Frank Gehry exhibition and visit a number of boutique stores. My highlight without a doubt was visting Astier de Villatte on rue Saint Honoré. I am admirer of their beautiful milky white ceramics and have wanted to start a collection for a number of years.
The company has developed a cult following with their enormous range of tableware, plates, bowls, cups, vases, cake stands, scents and decorative objects. The ceramics are handmade and no two pieces are alike. With their unique, serene beauty, many feature slight imperfections and irregular details. They utilise ancestral holding and stamping techniques which means each piece can take up to 2 weeks to complete. The ceramics are crafted from black terracotta, hand thrown & hand moulded.
I love that they utilise a Master Printer for their typography and have kept their retail store as true to its original structure as possible. Their ceramics are only available at a handful of locations in the UK and I feel all of this creates a slight mystery around this beautiful company. I purchased a piece from the Adélaïde range and have decided to slowly build up my own collection over the years to come.
The company was founded by Ivan Pericoli and Benoit Astier de Villatte in 1996. They met whilst studying at the College Beaux Arts in Paris. They are the last remaining ceramics company in Paris and their retail store was an 18th century Bastille workshop, once home to Napoleon Bonapoarte's own silversmith.
The company also creates stationary items and in 2008 commenced production of perfumed objects. They have collaborated with a number of well known creatives such as John Derian and recently Japanese artist Countess Setsuko Klossowska de Rola. To celebrate their latest collection, the company released a film which goes behind the scenes, providing a glimpse into the world of Astier de Villatte. Produced by North Sea Air Creative, the short film showcases the companies factory in Paris and provides wonderful insight into the founders Ivan and Benoits design aesthetic.