Near Chablis, France – within the Burgundy wine region – Château de la Resle was recently transformed into a design hotel. Johan Bouman and Pieter Franssens renovated this classic French countryside abode by combining contemporary design with original architecture. Having acquired an extensive collection of art and design, they saw the potential of commissioning up-and-coming Dutch designers to develop houseware for their new B&B. Producing these tailored products, Bouman and Franssens launched their own label during Dutch Design Week 2013 and will reveal a full line at Paris’ Maison & Objets, this coming January.
Finding the balance between practicality and meaning, Roderick Vos is well-known for combining a range of materials with technological innovation. He was commissioned to design Château de la Resle’s Table D’Hôtes eat-in kitchen. Black-coated steel juxtaposes natural oak with curved details. These floating counter-tops and cabinets open in many different directions – echoing the Kitchen’s striped-back rural aesthetic. Developed by Vos as part of the design label’s initial collection, Saint Germain series employs the same contrasting materials used in the kitchen. Functional and simple, these cutting boards can hang on the wall or transform into small side tables.
In 2010, Bouman and Franssens discovered De Intuïtiefabriek at Design Miami/Basel and purchased their Excavations project. Working with a similar idea of antique curiosity cabinets displaying archaeological discoveries, the design trio developed breakfast tableware for Château de la Resle. The Rousseau set is purely made from white porcelain manufactured in nearby Limoges. These contemporary yet timeless vessels play with gravity and serve multi functions. De Intuïtiefabriek later developed Breakfast Buffet – a curvaceous solid oak table top with embedded bell jar bowls. Both collections are used during Table D’Hôtes’ daily meals.
Carolina Wilcke’s Tafelgenoten is a 3D still-life comprised of handmade objects. Transcending art and design, each object reflects a different technique. Bouman and Franssen acquired the still-life after noticing its striking resemblence to 17th century Dutch paintings. Continuing her investigation, Wilcke was commissioned to choose one element as the summation of the collection. An orange resin cup was developed even further while staying true to its unusual shape and historic context. Miriam Glasses are hand blown in the Czech Republic from a slightly-green compound.
Photos Yvan Moreau