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Bright Spot: Vaisselle, a London-Born, Spanish-Made Ceramics Line, Created During Lockdown

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Bright Spot: Vaisselle, a London-Born, Spanish-Made Ceramics Line, Created During Lockdown

April 23, 2021

Lately I’ve been drawn, against all odds, towards cheerful yellows and periwinkle blues, ginghams and Liberty florals—a deviation from my usual style that I suspect has something to do with the dreariness of the past year.

Evidently I’m not the only one yearning for color these days. Recently, browsing through the online shop of English department store The Hambledon (whose owner’s family home we featured last fall), I stumbled upon Vaisselle, a line of brightly patterned vases, bowls, pitchers, and plates helmed by a French designer in London, all handmade and hand-painted by a family of artisans in Andalucia, Spain.

“The idea of Vaisselle was born during our dear lockdown,” writes founder Léa Zana on the Vaisselle site; she started the project on Instagram. “Not being able to go out for delicious food in our favorite restaurants or bistros really pushed me on how to rethink meal times. The food I cook is terrible, so I had to find a way to make it exciting and yummy.”

It’s an idea I can get behind. Take a look:

A collection of Vaisselle pitchers and vases—including, from left to right, the Drink Me Jug in Forest Green and White Gingham, Genie In a Bottle Vase in Lilac and Red Floral, Genie In A Bottle Vase in Nude Gingham, and Drink Me Jug in Baby Blue and White Gingham, each £75—via The Hambledon.
Above: A collection of Vaisselle pitchers and vases—including, from left to right, the Drink Me Jug in Forest Green and White Gingham, Genie In a Bottle Vase in Lilac and Red Floral, Genie In A Bottle Vase in Nude Gingham, and Drink Me Jug in Baby Blue and White Gingham, each £75—via The Hambledon.

According to the Vaisselle website, the Spanish makers “use traditional techniques of craftsmanship, meaning the environmental footprint is intrinsically small. Our ceramics are made from local clay and decorated with lead-free paints and natural pigments.”

A colorful, maximalist tablescape. The blue-painted plate is the Bon Appetit Plate in Mint, made to order (£65).
Above: A colorful, maximalist tablescape. The blue-painted plate is the Bon Appetit Plate in Mint, made to order (£65).
A favorite is the Genie in a Bottle Vase, shown in tone-on-tone Lilac and Red Floral and also available in Nude and Forest Green Floral, each painted with a th-century floral motif, each £75.
Above: A favorite is the Genie in a Bottle Vase, shown in tone-on-tone Lilac and Red Floral and also available in Nude and Forest Green Floral, each painted with a 16th-century floral motif, each £75.
Above: The Eat Me Plate in soft Baby Blue (at left, £55) and appealingly sunny Lemon (at right, £55). The plates feature a 16th-century Spanish pomegranate design; the vibrant yellow is made from natural pigments.
A collection of bright vases.
Above: A collection of bright vases.
Undersides of the petite Dip Me Bowls with checkered interiors ($37 each via Liberty London, which also carries a selection of Vaisselle&#8
Above: Undersides of the petite Dip Me Bowls with checkered interiors ($37 each via Liberty London, which also carries a selection of Vaisselle’s wares).
Checkered plates, ready for summer, from the Gingham collection.
Above: Checkered plates, ready for summer, from the Gingham collection.

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