Blue and white porcelain is exceptionally well travelled, its perennial charm a cross-cultural phenomenon. Adding to its history this summer is Dior Maison, which has paired up with interior designer Themis Zouganeli on a set of tableware in two abstract patterns that look simultaneously traditional and modern.
The epitome of Greek chic, the Skorpios collection is made up of plates (from £80), cups (from £65), saucers (from £55), serving bowls (from £210) and platters (from £230) featuring simple designs that evoke the archetypal palette on Zouganeli’s home island of Mykonos. Made in fine porcelain, the pieces are currently available exclusively at Dior stores in London, Paris and Cannes (and will later arrive at select other stores).
The collaboration follows the Dior Maison template of inviting different designers to create various interiors objets. Zouganeli was already friends with Dior Maison creative director Cordelia de Castellane, and the two had casually talked about the idea of working together before. “But when Cordelia called to ask if I would do something for Dior,” says Zouganeli, “I had to make an effort to keep cool because inside I was having one of those pinch yourself moments, thinking – this is a dream come true, I’m designing for Dior!”
On de Castellane’s part, it was a natural decision to collaborate with Zouganeli, who also has her own brand, Themis Z. “Both of us have Greek roots and are in love with Mykonos,” she says. “I’ve admired Themis’s designs since I first saw them at the island’s Belvedere hotel, before I started to design for Dior Maison,” she continues, “so when I wanted to add something different and summery to complete my collection, she was the best person to make it possible.”
Zouganeli’s brief was simply to work in blue and white, and after de Castellane visited her Athens studio she set about drawing almost 20 different patterns, from flowers to stars, as well as more abstract graphics such as the two that made the final cut. “The two Skorpios patterns that they went for are very Dior,” Zouganeli says, “Yet also they provide a refreshing contrast with the brand’s other designs, which tend to be a little more delicate.”