La Maison Vime, Atelier Vime’s New Shop in Provence Specializing in Rattan Designs


5 years in the past, Anthony Watson and Benoît Rauzy purchased a grand 18th-century townhouse overlooking the Rhone River within the village of Vallabrègues in Provence. In the course of the course of an intensive historic renovation, the couple found that their place had as soon as been the headquarters for a rattan enterprise, one in every of many within the space devoted to creating baskets and furnishings. Due to its abundance of palm and willow timber and site on the river, the place reeds might be soaked, Vallabrègues, they realized, was at one level the most important basket producer in France.

The rise of synthetics had all however put the native craft business out of enterprise when Watson, a British-French stylist, and Rauzy, a water- and energy-use advisor, got here alongside. Within the brief time since, the 2 have change into celebrated rattan revivalists. Atelier Vime, the workshop they based in 2018 with assist from Paris-based designer Raphäelle Hanley, focuses on promoting primo examples of classic rattan in addition to Atelier Vime Éditions, their in depth assortment of recent designs, from pendant lights to curtain pelmets, made by space wicker staff.

Extra lately Watson and Rauzy have been capable of purchase the home adjoining to theirs—the 2 buildings have been initially a part of the identical compound. One other preservation-minded overhaul ensued, and the now accomplished villa is house to La Maison Vime, a summertime “artwork de vivre store” arrange as a house. Browsers get to wander from room to room furnished with an exhilarating combine of recent and previous rattan items, space ceramics and glassware, and books, all of which occur to be sale. Come see.

Images courtesy of Atelier Vime (for his or her newest designs and classic finds, comply with them on Instagram @ateliervime).

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Above: Gabriel lampshades are left exterior to develop a patina within the sunny courtyard of the newly reattached Atelier Vime buildings: the principle home [left] is the place Watson and Rauzy stay, and the brand new store and workplace occupy what was unique constructed as staff’ quarters.

The latter was offered to a different household, Watson explains, “after the arrival of plastics, when the corporate misplaced its wicker purchasers and went out of enterprise.” The place hadn’t been touched in 60 years and required a 12 months of reworking to improve the plumbing and electrical energy to not point out revive “its Provençal environment.”

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Above: Watson and Rauzy restored unique detailing, such because the wooden flooring, and recruited Elise Orrier, a specialist in pure paints, to lime paint the rooms utilizing native pigments. The sitting room showcases the scalloped Beaucaire daybed/bench, an Atelier Vime Éditions design (customized dimensions accessible). It’s paired with the rattan and wooden LP1 Desk Lamp and a pair of Sixties Wooden and Rope Armchairs.
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Above: A part of the renovation concerned opening up blocked doorways. Eighteen-century Gaspard Robert Manufacture plates from Marseille grasp over this one. The urn-shaped wall gentle is Atelier Vime Éditions’ Medici Sconce.

Questioning concerning the distinction between rattan and wicker? The 2 are sometimes used interchangeably, however technically rattan is a kind of climbing palm vine, and wicker is the method used to weave it.

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Above: The store features a boudoir with a Metallic Cover mattress wearing vintage linens.  the shop includes a boudoir with a metal canopy bed dressed in antique linens.& 13Above: Watson and Rauzy created enfilade rooms on the primary two flooring “to have extra perspective in the home.” The guide room shows their favourite volumes on design, craft, nature, and cooking.

The colours of every room are replicas of the originals discovered below 4 layers of wallpaper—peruse @ateliervime to see the method. The Wicker Basket on a pedestal is a part of Atelier Vime’s signature Medici assortment.

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Above: Within the entrance corridor, a set of 18th century Provençal faience and Sixties Biot glassware fills an vintage painted cabinet.
Above: “One of many largest jobs of the renovation was the callade, a pebble courtyard ground,” says Watson. “They’re typical of our space however no person makes them anymore—it’s a really, very lengthy course of.”
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Above: A 12 months in the past, whereas displaying the courtyard renovation to American artist Wayne Pate, Watson and Rauzy talked about their admiration for the Picasso mural at close by Chateau de Castille. “After a couple of months, Wayne got here again with this lovely venture impressed by our Medici vase,” writes Watson on Instagram. 
“The belief in terracotta was made by the proficient Sarah Watson of Balineum and her wonderful craftsmen in Italy, and assembled in our cabinetmaker’s workshop.”

Extra by Pate: see his Painterly Tiles for Balineum and his Material and Wallpaper Impressed by a 12 months in Paris.

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Above: On the desk, The Eye Placemats and Atelier Vime’s forthcoming Provençal plates and Medici trivet.
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Above: Atelier Vime’s mascot, Alma.

The store is situated at 24 Quai du Rhône, 30300, Vallabrègues, France; it’s open Tuesday by way of Saturday till the top of September.

See Watson and Rauzy’s home in Rattan Revival: New and Classic Wicker from Atelier Vime.

And right here’s a DIY concept with pinecones from their 18th century farmhouse in northwestern France.


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