A chance encounter sparked the launch of Christian Lacroix’s stunning Tales of Porcelain collection.
When Sacha Walckhoff, Christian Lacroix’s creative director, met Nuno Barra, marketing and external design director for Portuguese tableware manufacturer Vista Alegre at a dinner in Paris, they bonded over a shared passion for porcelain, and their conversation soon turned into a project to create Christian Lacroix’s very first tableware line.
The new collection combines Lacroix’s eclectic design heritage with Vista Alegre’s extraordinary skills and tradition – the company supplies tableware to The Queen and King Juan Carlos II of Spain, among others.
Manufactured at Vista Alegre’s striking factory, which was founded in the early 19th century by Sevres porcelain enthusiast José Ferreira Pinto Basto, Lacroix’s Tales of Porcelain features vibrant designs grouped around four themes. There are the bold, monochrome stripes of Sol y Sombra, Spanish for Sun and Shade; the chic Forum, inspired by the ancient monuments in the French city of Arles; the cheerful Butterfly Parade, which depicts a colourful flight of real and imaginary butterflies; and stunning Picassiette, reminiscent of the broken plate mosaics used to great effect by another great Spaniard, Anton Gaudi, in Barcelona’s magnificent Park Guell.
Each piece is beautifully finished with an edging of entwined gold and platinum. Quintessentially Lacroix, the different designs can be creatively mixed and matched to reflect individual style.
Along with tableware, Lacroix’s Tales of Porcelain also includes a selection of beautiful giftware ranging from vases to pencil holders. From about £23 for a plate, Christian Lacroix.