ASTIER DE VILLATTE / Travel to Rossinière


Text : Sarah / Biutiful Creative Studio – Photos : NØRTH SEA AIR / Biutiful Creative Studio

Today we’re taking you on a trip to discover a magical place, nestled in the Swiss mountains, in Rossinière. The Maison Astier de Villatte, founded by Benoît Astier de Villatte and Ivan Pericoli – as you know : our favorite ceramic makers – in collaboration with creative agency NØRTH SEA AIR, went to meet with Setsuko Klossowska de Rola and her daughter Harumi in the sublime Grand Chalet Balthus.

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Previously a beautiful hotel often with famous guests like Victor Hugo, for instance, the Grand Chalet was bought by painter Balthus in 1977 where he’ll live with his wife Setsuko and their daughter Harumi. Balthus was always a huge source of inspiration for the Benoît Astier de Villatte and Ivan Pericoli duo. Their relationship began a long time ago, in the sixties, at the Villa Medicis in Rome, when Benoît’s artist parents are both residents there. A friendship then develops between them and Balthus, who was at the time the head of the Villa Medicis, accompanied by his wife Setsuko Klossowska de Rola. In 2013, Sestuko, who was now the widow of Baltus (who passed away in 2001), and Benoît, meet again in a remarkable collaboration with the Maison Astier de Villatte. Together they recreated the atmosphere of the Grand Chalet through a range of culinary art, cups, teapots, vases… The fragrance Grand Chalet is also imagined and offered in the form of a cologne, candle, and incense sticks.

Astier de Villatte were able to visit Balthus’s renowned workshop, that has remained untouched since his death, as if he left his post five minutes ago. Tools, brushes, paint and collars everywhere, enough to inspire anyone who enters that magical place!

In this video they also mention « Mitsou », the black ink drawing collection by Balthus, a book that was published when he was 12 and that narrates the story of his cat. The Astier de Villatte pair decided to create a new edition by using the original format and printing mode on printing presses from 1921. This complex and ancient know-how preserves the original charm of the booklet, and its authenticity – a great hommage to Balthus and his family! And of course, you’re going to discover many other beautiful things in the following video.

Photo credits : NØRTH SEA AIR

Discover the beautiful footage shot by the NØRTH SEA AIR team during Astier de Villatte’s trip to Rossinière :

Photo credits : NØRTH SEA AIR

The beautiful pieces of the collection by Astier de Villatte and Setsuko Klossowska de Rola :