Sto­ry­telling drives ev­ery­thing Ivan and Benoît do, whether it’s the shape of a plate or the way they’ve dec­o­rated their cre­ative stu­dio, a small flat where friends and col­lab­o­ra­tors stay on vis­its to Paris

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Ivan Per­coli and Benoît Astier de Villatte, co-founders of the Paris­based home­wares-brand, are driven by sto­ry­telling

Our favourite word is mys­tery,” says Ivan Peri­coli, one-half of the cre­ative duo be­hind the soughtafter Parisian ce­ram­ics and life­style brand Astier de Villatte. More than 20 years ago, Ivan and his friend and busi­ness part­ner Benoît Astier de Villatte es­tab­lished the brand renowned for its off­beat charm. Their dis­tinc­tive style mar­ries an el­e­gant sense of the past with a witty vibe of the present. “We are in­spired by the old and for­got­ten,” says Benoît. The pair’s friend­ship blos­somed af­ter study­ing to­gether at Paris’s École des Beaux-Arts un­der the guid­ance of Benoît’s artist fa­ther, Pierre Carron, and then work­ing for sculp­tor Ge­orges Jean­c­los. The lat­ter’s pas­sion for work­ing with ter­ra­cotta in­spired Ivan and Benoît to cre­ate their own col­lec­tion of ceramic pieces. “Th­ese ob­jects were per­haps more suit­able for a still life than func­tional, but they were beau­ti­ful, so we thought it was okay,” says Benoît. Their first col­lec­tion, shown at Mai­son & Ob­jet in 1996, was an im­me­di­ate hit and their brand — Astier de Villatte ( Benoît’s mother’s maiden name) — was born. The drive be­hind their aes­thetic is highly per­sonal — never fash­ion­led. “We fi­fifind beauty in things re­gard­less of whether they are mas­ter­pieces or if they are in the bin — it makes no difffff­fer­ent to us,” says Ivan. “We can be very touched by some­thing found in the flflflea mar­ket, in the same way we’re touched by some­thing in the Lou­vre. But mainly we’re in­spired by things from the past. Even if it’s an old chair found in the trash and you can see the per­son­al­ity of the maker — that’s what we re­ally like.” ›› from left: in the stu­dio flflat,flat, 18th-cen­tu­ry18th- cen­tury par­rots from an an­tiques shop in Chartres, France, and a 3-D em­broi­dery from the Brim­fi­field An­tique Show in Mas­sachusetts in the US are among the de­sign­ers’ favourite fi­fifinds. Brown vel­vet arm­chair from L’Art du Temps.

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