On a busy street in Paris sits an enchanting ceramic shop, waiting to dazzle customers with its dreamy, milky-white, handcrafted collection. This ceramic shop, previously an 18th century Bastille workshop that was home to Napoleon Bonaparte’s silversmith, is now Astier de Villatte owned by Benoit Astier de Villatte and Ivan Pericoli.
As the last remaining ceramics company in Paris, Benoit and Ivan strive “to do beautiful things, things they are proud of,” which reveals itself in every unique piece of tableware, plates, cups, bowls, and the entirety of their collections.
The company is known for its Parisian and Tibetan craftsmen, who handcraft each piece, making it impossible to have two pieces exactly alike. The pieces slight imperfections are what make this brand so unique.
Each piece is crafted with black terracotta clay for a durable yet light set of tableware. It’s then glazed with their signature stark white, to contrast the black clay underneath.
Benoit and Ivan’s goal is to make every piece feel alive. They enjoy collaborating with many inspiring artists like John Derian, Japanese artist Countess Setsuko Klossowska de Rola, and A La Mere de Famille.
Astier de Villatte is perfect to display in your home as a one-of-a-kind collection, as a wedding gift, house-warming gift, birthday gift, or just a gift to yourself because it is too beautiful to leave behind.