Nature-inspired, Dubai-based interior brand Chapter 101 handcrafts minimalist décor pieces with natural sceneries at the forefront of each collection’s inspiration.
For their latest vase range entitled the Les Baux collection, the brand has married architectural patterns with intriguing textures inspired by the lush hillside location of the Baux Plateau; an evergreen spot protected by the beautiful evergreen countryside that has been occupied since prehistoric times.
A vase from Les Baux Collection
“The rocky streets and old textured buildings gave me the inspiration behind the colour palette used for the collection, the combination of off-white hues to brown play a big role in the streets of the town,” expresses Shima Samaei, founder of Chapter 101.
The clay pieces have been handcrafted through the art of pottery. “The vases are made for dried flowers as a concept of slow living,” says Shima. Reaching into the depths of rich cultural and structural beauty, the Les Baux collection embraces detail and intricacies of the Provençal narrative.
'Pot Pourri' from Les Baux Collection
It showcases ideas that have sprung from traditional roots and have morphed into pieces of art. Rustic stoneware combined with a touch of nature all forms part of each piece’s character.
Exploring the incredible beauty and natural textures of Aubagne, a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of Southern France, and joining hands with the local craftsmen has allowed the collection to bring forth a touch of history to each item and to showcase the beauty that is the Les Baux-de-Provence.
'Floraison' from Les Baux Collection
Marrying Provence’s timeless elegance with a rich historical background has brought along substantial influence in the designs, paying tribute to each piece’s heritage. Each vase features intricate stoneware artistry fuelled by an ancient presence, and illuminated by pops of chocolate browns to dark burgundy hues.
'Joie de vivre' from Les Baux Collection
The Les Baux collection includes five pieces in total including Joie de vivre, a rustic coloured vase handcrafted to highlight its natural imperfections with beige-white hues; Pot Pourri, a burgundy glazed vase that will add a touch of Provençal history with eloquence to any space and Floraison, its shapely design and stunning aesthetic moulded by master artisans to give the vase its own story.
“Chapter 101’s vision is to continue to stay true to itself and design and create pieces using materials that are eco-friendly and functional, but most importantly, born out of love to culture and history,” expresses Shima. “I strongly believe each design should tell a story and make us feel part of it as we take it home.”
Images courtesy of Chapter 101
From the Spring 2020 issue of Harper's BAZAAR Interiors