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PARIS: CITY OF COLOR; MAISON'S FINE CHINA INTRODUCTIONS DARED TO DECORATE WITH SOFT SHADES AND SOME SURPRISE COMBINATIONS FOR PORCELAIN.

Byline: Allison Zisko

PARIS-French manufacturers played with shape and color in their fine china introductions at the recent Maison & Objet show here.

The result was an impressive display of softer, more feminine forms with the occasional double-take in design, proof that even longtime purveyors of porcelain still have a few tricks up their sleeves. At the same time, several vendors spoke of the need to appeal to a younger, more contemporary audience and adjusted their offerings accordingly.

Legle Limoges, for instance, is a 50-year-old family-owned company that specializes in colored porcelain. Its main dinnerware range, Sous Le Soleil, is available in 25 colors, with a choice of either a gold or a platinum band. For this show, it added Galaxy, which pairs a wide black band with the colored plate, and Eclipse, which introduces a thin gold rim on the inner edge of the plate. It has also developed a square plate, Starlight, for more contemporary customers.

Royal Limoges may be known for its more traditional porcelain assortments, but in an effort to give a new look to its lineup, it introduced a graphic black and white pattern called Celtic.

Cacharel launched solid red and orange plates decorated with gold hearts, called Coeur, as well as an allover pattern called Cachemire in an updated paisley motif.

Jars, which sells to both specialty and department stores in the United States, offered more handcrafted looks with Vuelta, a reactive glaze pattern in three colors: gray, white and black. It also introduced Gravure, a heavily embossed design (the word means "engraved" in English) in both white and gray.

Shape was the big story at Medard de Noblat. Its Gala, an undulating, irregular circle, was reinterpreted in January with Fiji, which offered trim and decoration in a red, pink and orange orchid design. For this show, it offered Passiflora, trying its hand with more exotic flora in shades of pink. For more contemporary customers, there is the Oxygen, a square with trapezoidal bowls, offered in several mod color combinations, such as pink and brown, or rust and turquoise stripes.

As previously reported, several companies struck out in bright and bold ways: Raynaud's turquoise-trimmed Jardin Celeste; Haviland's Olivia and Lacque de Chine collections (it also showcased extensions to Eclipse, which was launched in April in New York, and Tambour, which was also first shown in the United States, at summer gift shows); Philippe Deshoulieres's Walk in Provence, Garden Under the Sea and Kimono; and Royal Stafford's revival of Bubbles and Bouquet, two archival patterns.

"Bright and fresh is Royal Stafford's motto," said A. Norman Tempest, chief executive officer.

In addition to Empire, its archival pattern, Gien offered a Christmas collection, Joyeux Noel and extensions to its Joli Paris line of "fashion plates."

Caption(s): Medard de Noblat's new Passiflora offers new decoration on its successful Gala shape. / Legle added a black band to its solid-colored porcelain plates in Galaxy. / Haviland launched a new pattern in purple, Olivia. / 1 Royal Stafford's new Bubbles revisits a classic shape with a vibrant new palette. / 2 Gien reached into its archives for this new pattern, called Empire. / 3 A Walk in Provence, from Philippe Deshoulieres, recalls colors common to the south of France. / Raynaud's Asian-inspired Jardin Celeste offers a bold new look for fine china.
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Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
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Date:Sep 26, 2005
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