Astier de Villatte's savoir-faire
A few days ago in the rue de Richelieu, Astier de Villatte introduced its latest designs. It was an opportunity for Numéro to take another look at the work of this unique French design house.
The one-of-a-kind style of Astier de Vilatte, far from being dated or quaint, celebrates the past with a touch of humor and irreverence: scented products, fine paper, tableware, furniture and lights all spring from this quirky aesthetic.
Ivan Pericoli et Benoît Astier de Villatte, founders of the Paris house, aim to preserve traditional techniques and know-how, surround themselves with the very best artisans, and produce beautiful objects made by hand in Paris.
With a background in fine arts, the duo created Astier de Vilatte in 1996 and opened their first store in the very elegant (but still classic) rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Well before vintage or recycling became trendy, these two atypical designers placed secondhand pieces next to their own original works.
The Paradis Latin candle
For fall 2015, Astier de Vilatte is enlarging its collection of perfumed candles— which is already rich and varied— with a new fragrance. The evocatively-named Paradis Latin candle is inspired by the famous Parisian cabaret. Its delicate powder immediately recalls the scent of dressing rooms, with their smells of lipstick, makeup and sequins.
Setsuko and John Derian
The Setsuko and John Derian collections continue to expand: A ceramic, stemmed bowl decorated with handmade flowers for one, tableware illustrated with colored apples, delicate roses or elegant birds for the other. The new Astier de Vilatte collection, made in Paris, retains the delicateness and cheekiness for which the house is known.
The Villa Medicis collection
At the root of this collaboration is a perfumed candle that smells of lemon tree leaves, lavender and oregano blossoms. Conceived with François Caron of Takasago, the Villa Medicis candle is an homage to the famous Académie de France in Rome.
The Italian palace, which dates from the Renaissance, has witnessed the succession of generations of artists. One half of the Astier de Villatte duo was born here, while the other half grew up in the Italian capital.
Introduced this summer, the Villa Medicis range, which includes notebooks featuring designs of the palace gardens as well as a tableware service, is ever-expanding.
Artisanal incense, made in Japan by the master Koh-shis, completes the line of scented products.
Moving away from a Renaissance-inspired style toward a more pared-down aesthetic, the new platters and plates round out the existing tableware service.
The Astier de Villatte collection is available in Paris at 173 rue Saint Honoré, 75001.
By Léa Zetlaoui