It is in our grandmother’s rose garden that we discovered what beauty really meant. She pointed out each rose by its distinctive features, explaining that in their uniqueness each needs special care. As we knelt listening to her—our hands in the earth, eyelevel with the rose buttons, she taught us patience and understanding. As well as savoir-faire . . . her favourite word. With the time and care she showered on her roses, beauty magically bloomed, opening a new world full of poetry.
For poetry to appear, a supplement of life is needed. More than objects, our parents taught us to surround ourselves with stories, extraordinary, rare and true stories.
Alfred and I were inspired to share this story of beauty and savoir-faire, which we learnt from our grandmother. Meillart, named after Meilland, our grandmother’s favourite rose, is our way to pay tribute to our partner's craftsmen extraordinary work.
Made-to-order or custom-made, each object on Meillart is the result of curated work guided by our search for beauty. These objects include tables, chairs, lamps, vases, rugs, glasses, napkins, plates—the everyday objects of life valued for their expression of delicate tastes and the care that went into making them. In sensitive, subtle tones they whisper their extraordinary story to those who bend to eyelevel and take them in.
We are proud to bring you works from some of the world’s leading designers and craftsmen.
Meillart is not a brand, it is an open conversation with craftsmen and traditional manufacturers who turn everyday objects into subjects of discussion. Our criterion for collaboration is that they care as much about beauty and taste as we do. In them we recognize savoir-faire, the patience and understanding to elevate the ordinary to the artistic. Through them we help sustain a living heritage of authentic craftsmanship and traditional manufacturing techniques, bringing the unsung heroes of design and creativity to the world.