On the occasion of its 20 years, Parisian home brand Astier de Villatte unveils its first book and announces the creation of its publishing house! Looking like a collection object, “Ma vie à Paris” lists the favorite addresses of Benoît Astier de Villatte and Ivan Pericoli, from the gourmet restaurant to the dentist or neighborhood baker, all illustrated with black and white photographs. Designed in a traditional way, this new book is really like a Paris city guide for lovers of the french capital.
While the directory reveals their secret and favorite sources for fabrics, chocolates, pottery, and more, it’s the treatment of the volume itself that will really take your breath away. Far from your typical paperback guidebook, the 349 gold-edged pages feature hand-drawn maps and black-and-white photos, all held together with a museum-quality binding.
Clarisse Béraud discovered her passion for flowers when a mentor revealed the secrets of the floral arts to her. “She loves delicate plants, lost flowers, or those that don’t necessarily last long but whose fragility is compensated by a great evocative power, like rural or simple flowers from the garden of a parish priest, which bring the tranquility of provincial life to Paris,” they write.
12, rue de la sourdière, 75001 Paris
Au Chat Bleu
More than a century ago, a blue Persian cat — or Chartreux, nobody is sure — became the mascot of this small confectionery owned by two sisters. “Now in a former tearoom in Paris, decorated in soft and tender shades, Au Chat Bleu offers the same chocolates — all made in Picardie with fine products and quality ingredients — as the ones it sells in the town where it was born,” the book notes.
85 boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris
La Tuile à Loup
Pottery artisans all over France — from Alsace and the Camargue to Normandy and Provence — send their wares to this shop in the 5th arrondissement and, “through their savoir-faire, keep a certain kind of folk art alive.” Peruse a collection of plates and bowls in mixed clays, cups in colored enamel, and oven dishes painted with folk patterns.
35 Rue Daubenton, 75005 Paris
Cheese lovers will appreciate the dedication this shop shows to its craft. Here, you’ll find a selection from the Saint-Nicolas de la Dalmerie monastery, where eight monks make the revered goat cheese, or Marcel Petite, where production takes place in a 19th-century fortress in the Haut-Doubs forest. Once delivered to Paris, the cheeses are then matured in Laurent Dubois’s cellars and sold in vacuum packs for an easy plane ride home.
47 Ter Bd Saint-Germain 75005 Paris
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