Candles like the Astier de Villattes ones light up the dark times
When I first walked into the store at 173 Rue Saint Honoré in Paris I didn’t know a thing about this Parisian brand that follows the the tradition of 18th century Parisian ceramic studios. I just couldn’t resist the seemingly arbitrary yet charming array of ceramic objects, candles and notebooks that were scattered throughout the store, let alone the delicate scent that lingered in the air.
Astier de Villattes was founded in 1996 by a circle of friends and family all trained in the arts. They set out to keep the artisanal ceramic production in Paris alive – which had been led by manufacturers like Pont-aux-Choux – and quickly gathered a following for their beautiful and whimsical objects. I personally adore the notebooks (which make such pretty presents) as well as the candles. The Palais de Tokyo one is my favorite – whether lit or unlit, the scent is never overpowering but lends a Parisian touch to any room. If you’re looking for a leathery scent Le Labo’s Santal 26 might be for you. It transports you straight to a clubroom with leather armchairs and a crackling fire. And if you’re missing summer opt for Isle of Wolfs peonie candle. Whatever your preference: Berlin winter times are just a tad lighter with these.
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