Introducing Vannerie de la Meije

Introducing Vannerie de la Meije

La Meije is a mountain in the French Alps. Her majestic and serene silhouette is the daily decor of La Grave village, where Lucile established her wickerwork workshop.

She discovered the art of wickerwork a few years ago.

Wickerwork is the traditional art of weaving vegetable fibers from willow trees. In France, there are now less than 300 craftpersons mastering it. Few professionals but a massive French tradition and daily use. You can find wickerwork in so many places! The wicker baskets are traditionally used to go to the market: every French country house have at least one wicker basket. This is also very common in bakeries to display bread and viennoiseries in wicker pieces. Even French luxury fashion houses created collections with wicker. Hermès, partnering with the wicker cooperative Vannerie de Villaines, created a picnic version of the Kelly handbag, mixing wicker with leather.

Lucile creates baskets of all sizes, with different types of wicker: white, raw or green. She uses biological wicker, certified Ecocert and cultivated in France. She pursues the French wicker traditions creating traditional models as well as designing her own creations or tailor-made requests. She participated for example with 10 other artisans to the manufacturing of 326 baskets for L’Occitane en Provence stores.

For French Address Timeless collection, wickerwork was an evidence. Lucile wicker baskets embody authenticity and charm. Lucile recommended a small basket in white wicker mixing several weaving techniques. This is the perfect basket for a short walk in the countryside to gather flowers or even as a decor in the kitchen hosting fruits for example.

Our second choice goes to the delicate white wicker tray with handles in leather. The perfect mix of traditional design with chic detail. I’m immediately transported to a Sunday afternoon preparing tea and bringing it on this tray to my comfy easy chair to read a book. Delightful. 

 


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