Tomorrow we are heading to Paris for our first Design Week of 2019. Maison Objet of course is on the agenda, as is a small list of artisanal galleries and spaces we have earmarked to visit over the weekend, including Christian Liaigre’s cocktail at their incredible space that we recently shared here on Nicky’s World.
During Design Week our friends at The Invisible Collection quietly curate the most fabulous private tour of the homes and spaces of some of Paris and France’s most inspiring creators, makers and trailblazers. As we are unable to join the tour this year due to a site visit in Geneva we wanted to share one of the brands included in the VIP tour day.
Since re-establishing the brand three years ago, Atelier Vime has gained cult status in the design world. Influenced by their immediate surroundings and the understated elegance of the 1930s and 1940s. The founders who live in Paris have re-ignited this historic wicker brand and curated the most wonderful collection of both vintage and new furniture, lighting and accessories.
Established in Vallabrègues, Southern France, Atelier Vime lies at the heart of the rich history of wickerworking developed in this village in Provence.
Wicker culture and work was the main trade occupying the people of this area bordering the Rhône river, between Arles and Saint Rémy de Provence. Vallabrègues counted as many as 450 wickerworkers out of it’s 1800 inhabitants during the 18th century.
As of today, Atelier Vime in Vallabrègues offers a selection of vintage pieces, including furniture, made of wicker, rattan or cord. Some pieces are signed by famous names (Janine Abraham, Tito Agnoli, Louis Sognot, Audoux-Minnet) or some more anonymous artisans, the items presented in their vintage section pay homage to the creative variety and timeless poetry born from the meticulous craftsmanship of these ecological materials.
Above the Solo cone pendant 340€ & the Edith black floor lamp 980€ both handmade in France
Above, Rope Table Lamp, by Audoux-Minnet, Circa 1950, POA & a Towel & Coat Hook circa 1960 made in Italy, also POA
Vime, a French word, originates from the latin word vimen, inis, soaked, flexible wood, wicker.
Salix viminalis, a green wicker traditionally used by the wicker workers
Another striking piece that caught our eye in light of our current hotel project in Spain is this amazing wall lamp again by Audoux-Minnet, another POA piece.
This “Tit Mellil” armchair by Mathieu Matégot dates back to the 50s, the rattan seat remains in perfect condition.
The 1940s rattan day bed is a rather luxurious addition to any outdoor courtyard, fabulous with some Ralph Lauren linens we thought…
The last piece we wanted to share is this rattan and brass desk, another Italian piece, we thought it was rather striking in a summer holiday home or perhaps a hotel reception desk?
You can follow Atelier Vime on Instagram here.
Read Nicky’s profile with The Invisible Collection here
Nicky’s World January 2019