“To an impeccably decorated interior, I will always prefer one that’s more sensitive and spirited, which has gradually developed over time according to the existence and whims of its inhabitant,” Dior wrote in his 1947 autobiography, Dior by Dior. In the designer’s case, those whims extended to plants, flowers, animals and unique 18th-century architecture.
Christian Dior was one of five children who grew up splitting their time between Paris and the family home on the coast of Normandy, a boy who loved art and would go on to establish one of the most famous French fashion houses in history. His keen sense of style wasn’t limited to women’s clothing, however, as evidenced by the recent launch of the Dior Maison tableware collection and opening of the Dior Maison boutique at 28 Avenue Montaigne in the French capital.
The new collection of table settings, in three styles dubbed Cannage, Muguet and Monsieur Dior, features ginkgo leaves, lily of the valley sprigs and other flowers from the garden of Dior’s country home in Milly-la-Forêt in a sophisticated palette of gold, beige, white and blue. The cannage, or rattan, motif takes centre stage on porcelain plates and glass stemware created by the house’s current artistic director Cordelia de Castellane.
The signature Dior toile de jouy is also reinterpreted with the addition of animals, much like those seen on recent accessories by creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri. The new Paris boutique offers these items and much more, suggesting this is Christian Dior’s world and we’re just living in it.