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Ivan Pericoli & Benoît Astier de Villatte

Astier de Villatte

Benoît and Ivan met while students at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where their taste for still lifes clashed with the dogma 
of the day that declared figurative art to be dead. “Everyone was wanting to do contemporary art, and we wanted to paint and draw.” Their design company Astier de Villatte is famous for its exquisite collections of white tableware - ceramic follies that for the most part seem teleported out of an imagined pre-industrial age, or from the decadent tables of a European aristocracy now falling into ruin.