Bernardaud regularly produces unique items and collections in collaboration with contemporary designers.
This year, the porcelain manufacturer has been working with the Argentinian Julio Le Parc, a trail blazer inkinetic art, to create the Surface Colorée B29 collection. It is made up of a colourful table centrepiece, which is both a sculpture and a tea or coffee set. The 5 platinum mirror tumblers reflect the decoration of the tray, giving the ensemble the kinetic dimension intended by Julio Le Parc.This fun collection also includes boxes of 2 cups and saucers, the motif being visible either on the cup or on the saucer, by creating a play of reflections on the platinum.
Bernardaudhas also created an event by collaborating with J.M. Weston, a reference company in French luxury footwear for men, also located in Limoges. The result of this combined know-how is an elegant and modern teapot with a leather handle christened Cabas, because it resembles a luxury shopping bag.
The particular characteristic of porcelain is that it maintains the heat of the tea and is not stained by the various tannins it contains. As for the natural coloured vegetable-tanned leather, it is hardwearing and resistant to moisture, and acquires a patina over time, taking on subtle amber-coloured tones that evolve with use.
Produced in the heart of J.M. Weston workshops, the removable handle is entirely hand-made and stained, including the leather edges.
Founded in 1863 and headed by Michel Bernardaud, representing the 5th generation, the Bernardaud group is one of the main French porcelainmanufacturers and exporters. With 2 production sites in the Limogesregion (Centre of France), the Bernardaud factory produces 2 millionpieces per year, 70% of which are exported. In addition to tablewareproducts, the company has also developed other lines of products, limitededitions, lighting and jewellery.