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“Simplicity is often the hallmark of beauty”
Exceptional silversmith world since 1830
Founded in 1830, Christofle is the most renowned name in French flatware. Whether contemporary or classic, whether its contours are rounded or architectural, Christofle flatware is a luxury lifestyle brand manufactured to exacting standards. Every piece of Christofle silverware, produced at its workshops in Yainville in Normandy, must pass through 52 people, an impressive process known as “100 hands.”
Christofle jostles two centuries of tradition with MOOD, unprecedented concept rooted in its time: a new and bold manner of living luxury in everyday life. With its easy usage and its refined design, “MOOD” is essential at the center of the table for diners or casual and convivial brunches.
More than a simple set of Christofle flatware in silverplate, it is conceived as a decorative object which brings brightness to a kitchen or a living-room. The Christofle decorative egg case, plated in precious metal and lined in rosewood, is reminiscent of a Fabergè Egg. The compact polished shape is a streamlined, contemporary and universal statement which brings to the refined table both the promise of conviviality and moments to remember.
The outer storage capsule with its avant-garde vision is enriched by the engraved Christofle coat of arms and logo.
The straight and pure lines of this classic elegant Christofle flatware are inspired by the remarkable linear architecture of the celebrated Cathedral of Albi in France. The Christofle Albi flatware, launched in 1968, offers the greatest and most complete selection of items.
The classical cutlery, with its highly polished silver sterling or silver plated finish, meets all the wishes with its additional parts from soup ladle to coffee spoons, from bouillon cream soup spoon to vegetable serving spoon. Some articles are also available in polished or brushed stainless steel.
The style is simple with a generous exterior molding which is highlighted by a fine interior ridge creating a thread like border. This subtle detail elevates the minimalist design of the Christofle flatware. The silverware collection proves ideal for those who adore things to be simple and sleek.
Designed in 1985 by Bernard Yot, Aria Christofle flatware fits with the “post-modernist” trend of the 1980s.
The Aria collection takes its name from the vocal melody that inspired its uncluttered lines.
The fluting of this pattern makes it natural resistant to surface scratches and its architectural origins make it most appropriate for Mediterranean inspired style homes.
The result is a timelessly elegant model that complements any dinner service.
Cluny is one of the great classical Christofle flatware styles created in the 18th century, and it appeared in Christofle‘s first catalogue of 1862 under the name Uni.
Its current form, slightly redesigned in 1964. The pattern takes its name from the small town of Cluny, in France’s Burgandy region.
Timeless and elegant without ostentation, it is ideally suited for personalization.
Malmaison Christofle flatware and tableware sets are one of Christofle’s most historic patterns.
Launched in 1967 they typify the Empire style. Indeed the Emperor had his silversmiths interpret the palm leaf design specifically as a symbol of future military victories.
The success of the collection derives from the fine chasing of the symmetrical design inspired by antiquity: a frieze of delicate stylized lotus flowers and fine tips of palm branches countering each single piece.
The “Jardin d’Eden” is an exclusive and luxurious Christofle flatware collection where poetry is made real through the harnessing of the finest creative pearls surfacing from the depths of design and silversmithing.
With its disciplined and precise design, Garden of Eden revisits a certain notion of baroque design.
This new icon, the result of several years’ research, designed by Marcel Wanders.
Created in 1897, this pattern owes its name to the Marly chateau built near Paris by Louis XIV as a pleasure palace, no longer standing today.
The Marly pattern, ornamented in the delicate Rocaille style with the fine chasing of its asymmetrical plant motifs, highlights the silversmith’s expertise and attention to detail typical of the XVIII century France.
This style came back into vogue at the end of the XIX century, when this pattern was created.
This classic and feminine design outlines the contours of this Christofle flatware like a pearl necklace where the pearls are smaller on the upper part of the stalk than on the spatula and are enclosed by a delicate contouring ridge.
The Louis XVI-style silver plated sterling silver Perles flatware pattern was created in 1876 and pays tribute to the ornate décor and embellishments of 18th-century Versailles.
One of the first Christofle flatware models, it was originally called Baguette. Modernized for greater fluidity, it was reintroduced as part of the collection in 1992.
Simple and classic — the rib on the handle adds relief and consistency. The elegant silverplated Fidelio displays a classic and timeless design, which makes it the perfect match for both traditional and modern dinner services.
This pure and unadorned pattern can match both floral motifs or simple porcelain with lightly decorated rims.
L’Âme is a clever play on words, as in French, it stands for both a “blade” and the “soul”. Designed as a monobloc piece, meaning without separation from blade to handle, L’Âme evokes sturdiness and solidity. It is a pattern without artifice which bears the soul of the metal itself. It is offered in 18/10 stainless steel mirror finish.
The House of Christofle in 2020 added some variations to the l’Ame collection, introducing a limited selection in Black, Copper and Gold. These new pieces are in PVD: PVD stands for “Physical Vapor Deposition”, when a layer of colored metal (a mix of titanium, chromium and zircon) is applied to the stainless cutlery in a special vacuum atmosphere. PVD is highly resistant and is completely dishwasher safe, like the rest of the range.
Rooted in the 18th century, the Spatours flatware was initially launched under the name “Filets Contours” in 1862.
For Spatours, the sobriety of the pattern is its strength, permitting it to fit harmoniously to tables dressed with pieces of different styles and eras.
Therefore it is no surprise that it is often selected when a difficult choice is to be made.
A royally luxurious collection by Christofle was inspired by the real building, the “Château de Malmaison”, located near Paris which once was the favorite residence of Napoleon Bonaparte and Empress Josephine. And since Napoleon Bonaparte used to be one of the greatest admirers and orderers of Christofle’s, it was only a matter of time that the latter would create a breathtaking line in honour of the outstanding customer and his wife.
Just like the “Château de Malmaison” was the embodiment of the elegant life of the empire era, with its magnificent interiors filled with works of art and articles of luxury by Josephine, so is Christofle Malmaison collection, the very essence of stylishly swish lifestyle.
Designers’ sophistications by Christofle Malmaison enchant with their beauty and will command the admiration of the most jaded of your guests.
The palm and lotus leaf frieze and the symmetry of the decoration, so typical of the Empire style, arouse true wonder of the viewer, just like the exotic animals and even an Indian elephant that Empress Josephine and her guests could admire in the gardens of the “Château de Malmaison” once upon a time.
The simple but ingenious Christofle Vertigo Collection featuring a gently curved ring with slightly asymmetrical lines is the hallmark of Christofle’s refined collection. These simple yet classic, silverplated table accessories and elegantly practical objects were designed for Christofle by the famous French designer Andrée Putman, who was appointed by “Vogue” as the “aesthetic conscience of modernity”.
Christofle Brand since 1830
Based in France the Christofle brand has been mastering the art of silversmithing since its founding in 1830. Today Christofle silverware is one of Europe’s finest silverware houses and is celebrated for producing beautiful works of art that strike the perfect balance between classicism and modernity. Indeed almost two centuries of award-winning artisan experience is paired with daring contemporary design in collections and collaborations that represent the finest in hand-crafted and finished silver.
Artists and designers such as the Parisian silversmith Antoine Perrin, Man Ray, Jean Cocteau, Gio Ponti, Andrée Putman, Martin Szekely, Ito Morabito (Ora-Ïto), Xiao Hui Wang and Richard Hutten are among those whose creations have been made by Christofle.
Christofle Silverware Story
The story of the famous French brand, whose name evokes the elegance of bygone days and the innovative design of modern times, started in 1830 with Charles Christofle. Charles the humble son of a silk merchant managed to transform a small Parisian jeweller workshop into an international enterprise. Rare materials were crafted into stunning shapes producing generation after generation “Precious Living Treasures”.
Christofle & the time of Emperor Napoleon III
During the time of Emperor Napoleon III, Charles Christofle earned the title ‘Fournisseur de l’Etat’ and decorated places like the Elysée Palace, the Tuileries Palace and the Chateaux Compiègne and Saint-Cloud. He became the country’s first official exporter and was also the first person to stamp the company signature on his products. Indeed the stylized coat of arms and logo added an exclusive and recognizable elegant touch to each item and built the confidence and loyalty in clients.
Once he gained important commissions from Emperor Napoleon III of France, Sultan Abdulaziz of the Ottoman Empire and later Maximilian of Mexico soon aristocracy and bourgeoisie became avid consumers of Christofle Silverware and Tableware.
Brilliant Moves of Charles Christofle
His most brilliant move was to gain between 1842 and 1844 the patents of an electrolytic technique and a new moulding technique necessary to build a technologically advanced manufacturing plant for plated goods. He also understood the importance of employing not only skilled craftsmen but also talented artists, designers and sculptors throughout the different historical phase so as to keep up with the revolutionizing of styles and tastes. Soon the silver plated items were flanked by solid silver ware and still today adorn our elegant table tops.
Christofle Tradition Through Generations
The Christofle tradition was carried on by Charles’ Christofle son Paul and his nephew Henri Bouilhet who created together fine works in Second Empire, Japanesque, Orientalist, Rococo Revival and Art Nouveau Styles. One of their greatest innovation was the creation of the Christofle Gallia Line with the use of a new alloy, similar to pewter but more resistant, suitable for casting and less expensive to manufacture and plate.
After the devastating political and economic effects of the Post World War I Tony Bouilhet, great-grandnephew of Charles, inherited the reins of the business in 1932 and together with his wife, Carla Borletti, and her wealthy Milanese industrialist family they re-launched the Christofle Maison. Once again the importance of commissioning designs from some of the most gifted designers, artists and architects of the 20th century was paramount to Christofle’s silverware project.
Christofle: “Unfolding Symbol of Silversmith Luxury and Elegance for Centuries”
Today Christofle is in the hands of the family’s fifth generation, purveyors of fine design and superior quality elegant tableware. Christofle’s product lines include silver picture frames, crystal vases and glassware, porcelain dinnerware, silver jewelry, holloware and sterling silver flatware. Christofle equipped the Ritz in 1898, the Normandy transatlantic steamship in 1935 and in 1970 it supplied all the silverware for France’s presidential jet. Meanwhile, the company participated in all of the world’s major arts and decoration fairs including ground-breaking international fairs in Paris, London, Vienna and Chicago. Many Christofle creations, all considered to be objects of fine art, are now on show in decorative arts museums across the world: Paris, London, Berlin, New York, Saint-Petersburg.
Christofle sells its high end tableware worldwide through 75 Pavillon Christofle retail stores and over 400 department stores and specialty shops.
The Christofle company is now chaired by Maurizio Borletti of the family’s Italian wing. But in principle nothing has changed. The company continues to create for its clients a wide variety of products from gold and silver tableware and dining table accessories to decorative pieces of silver, crystal and porcelain. For those who want something even more special, the company has developed the first Haute Orfevrerie collection, the synonym for Haute-Couture in the dictionary of silverware.
The story of Christofle’s achievements continues to unfold.
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