In the 8th arrondissement in Paris near the elegant Musee Nissim de Camondo, there’s a small shop devoted to hand-embroidered linens, like the ones the fashionable Camondos would have enjoyed during their heyday. And even though the space is small, you’ll quickly see why the Palais de l’Elysee (the official residence of the President of France), the Ritz Paris, and designer Jacques Garcia all turn to Celine Perrin-Davy’s Renaissance Paris for their custom embroidered linens.
Thirty years ago, a group of knife-lovers in southern France were worried that the skills for making their traditional knives were going to be lost. After all, who still cared about bone-handled hunting knives once used by traveling shepherds in Spain? Apparently, Philippe Starck did. As did the French government, which recognized that these were irreplaceable treasures. So with their help, this little group of artisans started a thriving business making these knives.
In an era of mass-market production, this seemed like an impossible dream, but through the efforts of those folks, today this company – Forge de Laguiole – makes the highest-quality Laguiole implements in the world. And every piece is completely made, from beginning to end, in the place where it all started: the original village of Laguiole.
Kim Seybert’s table settings are so gorgeous that you practically don’t even need food to have a party. Part of her secret is knowing how to add volume to her napkins.
For the lotus layered napkin fold below, all you need are:
And to learn how to put them together, just follow the instructions in the video below. We promise you everyone will be impressed.
As an actor who became one of our most beloved Presidents, Ronald Reagan brought a new sense of style and glamour to the White House. Ronald Reagan wanted the country to feel optimistic again, and Nancy Reagan dressed to reflect this:
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.
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.