Gien La Favorite

The collaboration with this designer began with the Faïencerie’s 200th anniversary. For a Carte Blanche project, Yaz Bukey pays homage to Gien by decorating a large platter.
Her inspiration for this comes from the men and women at the Faïencerie, the color ranges, techniques, craftsmanship, materials, all of which she discovered on her visits to Gien.
The chemistry between this designer and the Manufacture does not stop there and one year on, after the Carte Blanche, a new pattern has emerged. This pattern, La Favorite, is an idea of Yaz Bukey, inspired by an Ottoman tale.
The tale relates the story of a turtle that fell in love with a tulip in the Sultan’s palace gardens...
The Sultan was so passionate about tulips that he had turtles fitted with candles on their shells and trained to serve as lights in the gardens during evening festivities, illuminating the flower, symbol of his empire. It so happened that a turtle became intoxicated with a tulip’s scent and fell in love with the palace Favorite…
This story, illustrated on plates, dishes and mugs, invites our imagination on a journey. Together, the pieces form the palace flower gardens, where the turtle can be seen among tulips, bringing them light.
There are four flowers, each one depicted on a dessert plate and given a name : mischievous, artful, gracious and Favorite. The turtle falls in love with this last one. On the cake plate, whilst the three other tulips try to enamour the turtle with their charms, he only has eyes for the Favorite.
Above and beyond your table, other decorative pieces can be added to unfold this oriental myth in your home (candy tray, scented candle, candleholder). Ottoman palace architecture is the inspiration for the pointed knob shape on the lid of the scented candle, whose patchouli fragrance lingers on the air like a lasting sweet dream of a faraway time and place. The combination of red, blues and greens is inspired by Iznik ceramics in Turkey. These colors take us back to Ottoman tradition and fantasy.


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