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Vintage French Style You Can Rent: Madame de la Maison in Paris

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Vintage French Style You Can Rent: Madame de la Maison in Paris

November 1, 2018

Here’s a novel idea: Instead of generic catering supply, you can now rent vintage Limoges porcelain and Longchamp serveware for your wedding, dinner party, or just because. It’s all through Madame de la Maison, a one-woman operation helmed by Ajiri Aki, based in Paris. Aki—who was born in Nigeria, raised in Texas, and worked in the fashion industry in New York (including at the Met’s Costume Institute) before going back to school to study decorative arts—lives now in France, and takes day trips to the country’s brocantes to sleuth one-of-a-kind vintage finds, then offers them for rent in Paris and beyond. (“So long as the shipping is covered, I’ll ship anywhere!” she told Vogue.)

Aki also offers a selection of antique tableware for purchase (first come, first served), as well as a line of her own ethically produced linen napkins and tablecloths in a wide range of hues. Take a look at her collections (and take cues from her tres-French styling, too).

Photography via Madame de la Maison.

among aki&#8\2\17;s missions: to create memorable moments around the table  9
Above: Among Aki’s missions: to create memorable moments around the table and to “give new life to old objects.”

“Renting and buying antiques is a way to combat the incredible amounts of waste coming from the fashion and textile industry without cramping your style,” she adds on her site. Here, a traditional tablescape with an unexpected palette, including an Orage Linen Runner from Aki’s own collection, made from 100 percent linen from European-grown flax; €60.

the vintage offerings are sometimes one of a kind. currently on offer: a set of 10
Above: The vintage offerings are sometimes one-of-a-kind. Currently on offer: a set of six Mix-and-Match Champagne Coupes, all crystal, collected throughout France and put together by Aki; €75.
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Above: One of a set of Limoges Floral and Cream Dessert Plates, “found in Chatou, France but from Limoges, France.” The total collection of twelve plates and one platter (“in perfect condition,” Aki notes) is €150.
dainty lace placemats, also found in chatou, are €65 for a set of four. 12
Above: Dainty Lace Placemats, also found in Chatou, are €65 for a set of four.

Above L: A Baccarat Crystal Salt Cellar, found in Paris; €65. Above R: Silver and Gold Vermeil Butter Knives are from Venice but were found, also, in Paris; they’re €35 each, with two available at time of writing.

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Above: One of Aki’s table settings, with a Mont Blanc Linen Tablecloth from her linens collection; €85.
art deco cocktail napkins are €65 for a set of six. (aki notes helpfully: &a 16
Above: Art Deco Cocktail Napkins are €65 for a set of six. (Aki notes helpfully: “Small stain on one napkin but the rest are in perfect condition. Send us an email if you need images of the stains before deciding to purchase.”)
a set of antique linen kitchen towels &#8\2\20;starts off a bit stiffer and 17
Above: A set of Antique Linen Kitchen Towels “starts off a bit stiffer and softens with each wash;” €30 for a set of two.

Above: Vintage china, and dried flowers wrapped in blue paper.

one of the most charming objets: a vintage clam shell butter dish with a frost 20
Above: One of the most charming objets: a vintage Clam Shell Butter Dish with a frosted-glass insert and matching knife, which Aki found in St. Jean de Luz; €65.
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Above: Aki on set.

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