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The Definitive Guide to Christofle Flatware

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Founded in 1830, Christofle is the most renowned name in French flatware.  Whether contemporary or classic, whether its contours are rounded or architectural,  Christofle flatware is manufactured to exacting standards: Every piece of Christofle flatware must pass through 52 people, an impressive process known as “100 hands.”  Amazingly, they’re also easy to use — every piece of Christofle flatware is designed to be dishwasher safe.

Jardin d'Eden Flatware by Christofle
Jardin d’Eden Flatware by Christofle

Each Christofle pattern has a fascinating story behind its design and creation.  Here, we’d like to share the stories behind all of Christofle’s current flatware collections with you.

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Alain Saint-Joanis: The Poshest Flatware Maker You’ve Never Heard Of

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Wolfgang Puck knows his forks and knives. Same with three-star Michelin chef Pierre Gagnaire. As does, of course, the King of Morocco. And when each of these opened celebrated restaurants in the last few years, they all turned to Alain Saint-Joanis for custom flatware. This small, family-owned company has been making cutlery in La Monnerie-le-Montel in the center of France since 1876. And although they’re not a household name, they are – for a certain group of folks – the only go-to when you want custom handmade flatware.

Whether you prefer lacquered (for your city dining room), olivewood (for the beach house in Martinique), resin (for your annual 4th of July bash), or a custom color to match your yacht, they can make it for you. We sat down with Alain Saint-Joanis President Alain Poujol for a few questions.

– What makes Alain Saint-Joanis unique?
The huge variety of looks … people come to Alan Saint-Joanis for quality and design. We have collections inspired by Art Deco, Celtic, Greek, nature … it goes on and on.

Alain Saint-Joanis Animal Silverplated Flatware
Alain Saint-Joanis Animal Silverplated Flatware

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Beauville Linens: How a Small French Manufacturer Thrives in the Age of Globalization

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In our age of cheap imports, it’s easy to think that France is just a place of cute castles and fine wines.  After all, who could resist the charms of little towns like Ribeauville, in the heart of France’s Alsace region, where the ruins of three medieval castles overlook gingerbread houses?
Ribeauville in Alsace region of France
Ribeauville in Alsace region of France (image Office de Tourisme du Pays de Ribeaville-Riquewihr)

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For Coffee Lovers: The Most Elegant Espresso Spoons Ever

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If you own a Nespresso or a De’Longhi or a Breville, you can now up your coffee game with these new espresso spoons from Christofle, which come artfully encased in a drop-dead gorgeous presentation egg case.

The silver option ($360)  includes six silverplated espresso spoons, a polished stainless steel chest, and a dark walnut wood insert.

Mood by Christofle Set of Six Silverplated Espresso Spoons
Mood by Christofle Set of Six Silverplated Espresso Spoons: $360

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Destination Palm Springs: Annie Selke’s Getaway

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When we heard that Annie Selke, the talented owner and designer behind the colorful Dash and Albert rugs and Pine Cone Hill linens, had bought a home in the Marrakesh Country Club community in Palm Springs, we knew it would be fabulous.  Here, we share Annie’s story with you.

What made you decide to purchase a second home?

“After we had a horrible winter a few years back, I decided I wanted a second home someplace warm! I looked in Southern Florida, but nothing felt right. When I decided to buy the home in Marrakesh, it was kind of like my birthday present to myself. I really wasn’t even looking to buy anything.”  But then, her friend John Gilmer sent her real estate listings, she saw pink and green everywhere, and she was sold.

 

Annie Selke, welcoming us into her home in Palm Springs (courtesy The New York Times)

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Alberto Pinto: Dinnerware to Match His Interiors

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First there was the red-eye to London.  The customs and immigration line snaked around the terminal like a coiled serpent, lethargically moving in the early morning.  Then there was the bumpy, stop-and-go rush hour ride into central London.

But the moment you walk into The Lanesborough hotel, your jaw dropped.  The dull, harried modern world outside melted away.  You were in a magical place filled with gilded carvings, cream and black marble, and shimmering silks and damasks.

The Lanesborough London (Alberto Pinto)
The Lanesborough London (Alberto Pinto)

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How to Create the Amazing $30,000 Met Gala Table Setting

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What’s THE party of the year?

Probably the Met Gala, held the first Monday in May at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to raise money for their Costume Institute.  It’s like the Oscars, but with more panache, since it’s all about fashion.

Each year the event has a theme.  Guests are encouraged to dress accordingly, so stars and their stylists go into overdrive planning their looks.  For many celebs, being photographed at the Met Gala is almost as important as appearing in Vogue.  That’s why stars like Gisele and Tom, Beyonce, and Rihanna really, really dress up:

 

Rihanna in Comme des Garcons - Met Gala 2017 (Eonline)
Rihanna in Comme des Garcons – Met Gala 2017: “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons”  (Eonline)

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All About Anna Weatherley and her Handpainted Porcelain Dinnerware

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Who is Anna Weatherley?

Although she’s probably best known for her line of handpainted dinnerware, Anna Weatherley has had many careers:  from arms dealer (yes, really!) to famous couturiere to setting up handpainting studios in Hungary. Eventually, she was even commissioned by First Lady Laura Bush to design a collection of china for the White House.

Anna Weatherley (photographed by Len Spoden for Vanity Fair)
Anna Weatherley (photographed by Len Spoden for Vanity Fair)

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How to Dine Like Royalty from Queen Victoria to Lady Diana

Were some people really born with a silver spoon in their mouth?  When it came time to dining, and entertaining, royals didn’t just grab a quick bite to go.  Every meal had to be worthy of a king, right down to the choice of the plates.  But the favorite dinnerware of Europe’s royals and aristocrats might surprise you.

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Claire Teal Pitcher Featured in Imbibe Magazine!

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If you want to up your drinks game, we highly recommend checking out Imbibe magazine, which is devoted to all things liquid.   In every issue and online, they feature great drink recipes, reviews, and stories about the people, places, flavors, and culture of drinks around the world.

We’re so thrilled to have been included in Imbibe’s May/June 2017 issue:

Imbibe Magazine May/June 2017
Imbibe Magazine May/June 2017

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