Astier de Villatte
I often come across the delicate ceramic wares of Astier de Villatte in little boutiques and independent shops but now my favourite Parisian brand is also stocked at ‘Liberty of London’.
Astier de Villatte began 16 years ago by Benoît Astier de Villatte and Ivan Pericoli. Each piece is handmade in a Bastille workshop using black terracotta clay and finished with a milky glaze. The result is unique ceramic pieces full of character and serenity, where no two pieces are alike. I love the idea that this craft deliberately leaves imperfections on the surface of each item; dispelling the myth that perfection is something one should attain to.
The price point for the collection is high, but each candlestick, plate or bowl feels like a work of art. I don’t think I’ve come across a collection of ceramics that will look just as good displayed on my open shelving as set for a dinner party on a rustic table. So, I’ve decided to build my collection up slowly over time, investing in pieces for special occasions and displaying them proudly wherever possible. You may well ask what my first item will be, well I’ve chosen this gorgeous Bougeoir Isis Candlestick.
Astier de Villatte also produce their own range of beauty products, scented candles and perfume. There’s something to tempt everyone.
P.S. My birthday is in April…