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Mado Jolain – mid century ceramics for all seasons

Mado Jolain – a ceramist for all seasons This month, we couldn’t resist featuring this uncommonly stylish 1950s vase, which is currently available to buy. With its organic shape, elegant proportions and swirly, bubbly decor, it has pretty much all you could ask for in a vase by the French ceramist, Mado Jolain. The early…

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Discovering Jacques Pouchain pottery, Atelier Dieulefit

Close-up on Jacques Pouchain, Atelier Dieulefit Buy now This month, the spotlight is on mid century French ceramist, Jacques Pouchain (1925-2015). His pottery could be functional and abstract, figurative and playful – but it was always modern. And so it feels, still, especially pieces from his personal production of the 1960s and 1970s. This tall…

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Limoges porcelain gets the Loewy look

French Limoges porcelain gets the Loewy look A Bernardaud Ariès coffee cup designed by Raymond Loewy. It’s 1967, and in Limoges a small revolution is afoot, led by Pierre Bernardaud, director of Bernardaud porcelain, and Raymond Loewy, the father of industrial design. Bernardaud, Limoges specialised in high quality porcelain tableware which sold in France and…

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The Road to Accolay

Few items sum up French mid-century style better than this beautiful hand-thrown pottery vase by Accolay. In the 1950s and 60s, a stop-off at the Accolay pottery studio was a ritual for Parisians driving down south to spend summer on the south coast of France.

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A century of style on France’s great ocean liners

You’re never too young or too old to be fascinated by France’s transatlantic ocean liners. The luxury, the glamour, the style, the spirit of adventure or the technical prowess… there’s something to seduce everyone.
In the last century, the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (also known as The French Line) operated some of the finest passenger liners in history. Among them, the Normandie and the France were legends for their fabulous decor, the last word in French decorative arts.