5 many years in the past, Anthony Watson and Benoît Rauzy acquired a grand 18th-century townhouse overlooking the Rhone River in the village of Vallabrègues in Provence. In the course of the study course of an intensive historic renovation, the pair identified that their spot had as soon as been the headquarters for a rattan enterprise, a single of quite a few in the location devoted to making baskets and furniture. Thanks to its abundance of palm and willow trees and site on the river, the place reeds can be soaked, Vallabrègues, they discovered, was at a person point the greatest basket producer in France.
The increase of synthetics had all but put the nearby craft marketplace out of enterprise when Watson, a British-French stylist, and Rauzy, a water- and electricity-use marketing consultant, came together. In the brief time given that, the two have turn out to be celebrated rattan revivalists. Atelier Vime, the workshop they founded in 2018 with assist from Paris-centered designer Raphäelle Hanley, specializes in advertising primo illustrations of classic rattan as very well as Atelier Vime Éditions, their in depth selection of new models, from pendant lights to curtain pelmets, built by location wicker staff.
More recently Watson and Rauzy were ready to buy the home adjacent to theirs—the two structures were at first aspect of the identical compound. A further preservation-minded overhaul ensued, and the now accomplished villa is home to La Maison Vime, a summertime “art de vivre shop” established up as a house. Browsers get to wander from place to room furnished with an exhilarating blend of new and outdated rattan parts, spot ceramics and glassware, and textbooks, all of which transpire to be sale. Come see.
Photography courtesy of Atelier Vime (for their most recent designs and vintage finds, comply with them on Instagram @ateliervime).
The latter was bought to yet another spouse and children, Watson describes, “after the arrival of plastics, when the company lost its wicker shoppers and went out of business enterprise.” The position hadn’t been touched in 60 several years and expected a year of reworking to improve the plumbing and electrical energy not to point out revive “its Provençal environment.”
Pondering about the distinction concerning rattan and wicker? The two are generally utilised interchangeably, but technically rattan is a sort of climbing palm vine, and wicker is the procedure utilised to weave it.
The shades of each individual home are replicas of the originals observed under four layers of wallpaper—peruse @ateliervime to see the process. The Wicker Basket on a pedestal is aspect of Atelier Vime’s signature Medici selection.
A lot more by Pate: see his Painterly Tiles for Balineum and his Material and Wallpaper Impressed by a Year in Paris.
The shop is situated at 24 Quai du Rhône, 30300, Vallabrègues, France it’s open Tuesday by Saturday until the conclusion of September.
See Watson and Rauzy’s property in Rattan Revival: New and Vintage Wicker from Atelier Vime.
And here’s a Diy notion with pinecones from their 18th century farmhouse in northwestern France.