Astier de Villatte’s famously milk-white ceramics possess romance, eccentric beauty, and a charming sense of humor. Founders Ivan Pericoli and Benoît Astier de Villatte met while studying design in Paris at École des Beaux-Arts. Soon after, they created Astier de Villatte, as the duo shared the principle that design doesn’t need to be flawless. Their formative philosophy was, and still is, that attempting to produce with the exactitude of a machine is neglectful of handmade beauty. The fantasy objects, or “objects of dreams,” that make up the Astier universe have an endearing quality that comes only from the hand of an artisan with a laissez-faire attitude that sometimes puts beauty at the forefront of function.

Inspired by antique objects, forgotten techniques, decorative arts, and artful still lifes, the surreal objects are all crafted by Tibetan artisans in a Bastille workshop in the heart of Paris. They use local, black terra cotta clay that is typically used for making sculpture. The piece is molded by hand using the traditional “estampage” technique and placed into an original mold. The clay is then dried out, fired in a kiln, applied with their signature white glaze, and placed in the kiln three more times.

With Astier’s success, their brand has grown to encompass more lifestyle products and collaborations with renowned figures in art and design. They have worked with artists, Setsuko Klossowska de Rola, John Derian, and Lou Doillon to name a few, along with perfumer Françoise Caron to produce a collection of candles and incense that produce aromas that take the nose on an olfactory journey around the world.

Learn even more about the people involved with Astier de Villatte by watching the short film made by House of Trim. Celebrate the unique artistry of the Astier world by adding a touch of whimsicality to your home with their alluring objects.