Save the Dates: Isabelle von Boch to Visit Asia

Isabelle von Boch

If you’re a fan of Isabelle von Boch and live in South Korea, Japan, or China, you have the chance to meet her!

Isabelle von Boch with Villeroy & Boch ChristmasIsabelle von Boch autograph signing

Isabelle will be traveling through Asia in May of 2018:

May 3, 4, & 5: Seoul, Korea

May 7 & 8: Shanghai, China

May 10 & 11: Tokyo, Japan

Save the dates! More details to follow as the events get closer! We hope to see you there!

Give Your Holiday Table a Fresh Look with Casale Blue

Article By Stephen Milioti
Villeroy & Boch Casale Blu

“The holidays hold so much meaning for so many people,” says Isabelle von Boch. “But beyond that, the holiday season — especially Thanksgiving — has become one of those rare times when entire families sit around a table for an extended period of time to enjoy a meal.”

Because it’s a rare moment for people to slow down, set their phones aside (hopefully) and enjoy time together, the table has to be memorable. And this year, Villeroy & Boch has reimagined the holiday table’s traditional aesthetic in a cooler set of hues. “It’ll make you look at the holidays in a different way, with fresh eyes,” says von Boch, the company’s brand ambassador and an eighth-generation member of its founding family.

Enter Casale Blu

Casale BlueEnter Casale Blu: defined by saturated-yet-subtle blue tones, it evokes the graphic decorative style of traditional Italian ceramics (specifically, those practiced in the Umbrian town of Deruta since the 12th century). But, as with so many Villeroy & Boch lines, this style, while historically relevant, is made contemporary enough to fit perfectly into any table or décor style. And we’d like to present it as the basis for not only the Thanksgiving table this year, but the rest of the festive season, including Christmas or Hanukkah.

“I’m always fond of formalizing the casual, and casualizing the formal,” says von Boch. And, ironically, Casale Blu will do both for the holiday table: Its bowls and plates, with their eye-catching color and graphic details, add European flair to any space you grace them with.

When it comes to setting your table with Casale Blu, von Boch’s advice, as always, is to mix and match within the collection. And this collection makes that very easy (and fun) to do. The primary blue color is peppered with accents of yellow or green in four distinct patterns. Mix plates, bowls, cups, and more in different patterns, even within settings, and you’ll evoke the Italian way of life — aesthetically beautiful yet effortlessly laid-back.

Into this “perfectly mismatched” look, add some bold blue or green glass accents (like the Verso vase, in the bold “Caribbean Sea” color). Beyond that, von Boch recommends introducing natural elements into the mix, for a richly textured, undeniably autumnal look and feel. Woven jute or sisal placemats, wooden serving bowls and utensils (like an acacia plate or salad servers from the Artesano Original line), and even stone accents will bring nature in, adding a relaxed tone to this inspired, global look. The result: a setting in which you’ll want to linger for hours, making memories — and setting some new holiday traditions.

Live in Lavender

Isabelle von Boch Dishes on the Stately, Sophisticated Hue (and the Villeroy & Boch Collection That Beautifully Brings It to Life)

Interview & Article By Stephen Milioti

Haven’t thought much about lavender lately? Well, it’s time to give it a little attention again. Actually, more than a little. Because it’s way more versatile than you think. This refreshing hue is a design chameleon: Its more pink- and plum-leaning versions are expressive of nature’s bounty, and fit beautifully into a verdant country manor. But, on the other hand, the grayed-down versions are entirely at home in a chic urban loft.

This seasonless, inspiring color is in full effect in Villeroy & Boch’s Artesano Provençal Lavender line. Designed by renowned Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave, it blends this intoxicating hue with classic floral patterns: a combination that’s entirely timeless, yet fresh-looking at once. It also represents a fascinating combination of artistic and cultural influences.

Artesano Provencal Lavender

 

Who better to speak to about this elegant collection — and lavender in general — than Isabelle von Boch, the company’s brand ambassador (and an eighth-generation member of its founding family)? To that end, we asked her for her tips, thoughts, and inspirations when it comes to this subtly regal hue:

SM: What’s your connection to the color lavender?

IvB: Isabelle von BochWell, personally, I have never owned any lavender or plum clothing because I have blue eyes and I think it fights blue. But I admire it everywhere else — for example, in a home interior. So even though it’s not my choice from a fashion or clothing standpoint, it fascinates me in porcelain. It’s softly sophisticated. It’s such an intoxicating hue to look at … it makes me want to breathe it in.

 

SM: Design-wise, what type of environment do you see lavender working best in?

IvB: Interestingly, a lot of people have the misconception that lavender is ultra feminine and frilly. But it’s not that at all. I see it working extremely well in a modern environment, set against a minimalist background, because it speaks so strongly on its own. I think it works extremely well as a subtle counterpoint or complement to sophisticated grays. It also just happens to work great with traditional décor, too.

 

SM: What colors and textures do you suggest pairing lavender with?

IvB: As I noted, it’s perfect with warm neutrals like gray and sand. But beyond that, it also works nicely next to muted colors like soft seafoam green. And I suggest pairing it alongside natural elements like stone, wood, and cement.

 

SM: Talk a little bit about the designs in the Artesano Provençal Lavender collection. You’ve regularly noted that this is one of your absolute favorite lines. What do you love so much about them?

IvB: I love the depth of color and shading in the petals. At the same time, it’s clearly Provence-inspired, evident if you look at the florals, as well as the colors: lavender, rosemary and beige. To me, it’s also inspired by Japonism, a term for the influence of Japanese arts, fashion and material culture on European art, specifically the Impressionist and post-Impressionist eras. Monet, Klimt, Gauguin and van Gogh were all inspired by Japanese work as well. The designer of the collection, Isabelle de Borchgrave, aligns so beautifully with our brand because she’s able to combine these art-historical references flawlessly. The Artesano Provençal Lavender collection screams “art,” and I adore that. These designs have an emotional quality, a fluid line, with a depth of color that makes you want to “drink” them. The shape itself is warm and sculptural; its pronounced rim gives it an artisanal feel. It’s a sophisticated reinterpretation of florals.

 

SM: What are some of your favorite pieces in the collection?

Arrtesano LavenderIvB: The pasta plates are my favorite. They’re so practical and generously sized, yet extremely beautiful at once. I love setting a table with a big white serving bowl in the middle and a pasta plate at each setting. Then add a charger and wood serving utensils for a mix of textures. I routinely suggest combining these lavender pieces with wood, cork and slate, to give the look warmth and bring out the Artesano Provençal Lavender’s handcrafted artisanal quality. (Try Villeroy & Boch’s three-tier étagère, made of acacia wood and slate.) It’ll make for a combination of urbanity and sophistication.

 

SM: You speak so much of a love of nature, both today and when you grew up in Provence. So we had to ask … would these styles work outdoors?

IvB: Yes, absolutely … they’re made for the outdoors, just as much as indoors. Just make sure to minimalize the décor around it. Pair it with neutral grass and lavenders, sage and muted greens — remember… seafoam green, not emerald — so as not to overpower the motif. Skip the bright flowers. Those work better with Amazonia, another one of my favorite Villeroy & Boch collections. (More on that one soon…)

 

SM: What kind of home design style do you think is best suited for this collection?

IvB: Artesano Provençal matches all different kinds of homes and styles: It fits into a country home as well as in a modern loft where it brings an element of nature onto the table. In elegant homes, it will add some casual European chic to the interior style. And imagine a table setting with Artesano Provençal on a rooftop, a terrace or in a garden to host family and friends outdoors – simply beautiful!