From the heart of Provence comes an online emporium bursting with beautiful furniture, lighting and decorative objects, almost all crafted from wicker and rattan. Atelier Vime is based in the small village of Vallabrègues, in what was once a grand 18th-century family home before morphing into a vibrant wicker workshop in 1878. Reviving both this historic building and its accompanying craftsmanship are Anthony Watson and Benoit Rauzy, who together created Atelier Vime in 2016 to showcase fine vintage examples – important Gio Ponti and Tito Agnoli chairs, for example. Next they paired up with designer Raphaëlle Hanley to create an accompanying contemporary collection produced by their own craftsmen in wicker harvested from the surrounding Camargue region.
There are bold statement-making pieces such as the XXL Aramis Suspension light (€2,840), appealing to a growing global clientele that includes noted interior designers Pierre Yovanovitch (who commissioned a huge light for a Tel Aviv project) and Francis Sultana. Lighting is a strongpoint – from the large sun-like Gabriel Suspension light (90cm diameter, €980; 150cm, €1,380) to the smaller and simpler Solo Cone pendant €340) and Edith floor lamp (€980). There are also retro-chic Constellation mirrors (€995) and fine wickerwork baskets (price on request) traditionally braided into octagonal forms.
These new designs are mostly handmade to order, with production taking eight to 10 weeks, but the site’s robust vintage section is full of gems ready to be shipped worldwide – be it a rare 1960s rope and glass table Mod lamp (price on request), a c1960 Italian rattan and brass desk (price on request), a c1950 pair of emerald-coloured rattan satellite-style chairs (price on request) or a 1947 wood and straw bed (price on request) by the famed French pioneer of modernism Charlotte Perriand.