What We Love Today Column: HERMÈS Carnets d'Equateur
What We Love Today:
Carnets d'Equateur by HERMÈS
I've been a tabletop collector for decades. I shop vintage boutiques, online and estate sales for all my favorite patterns, and if I love them I have no problem picking up simply a pair of plates to mix and match together on my table when cooking for my family and entertaining. I keep my varied plate collections in an antique linen press in my dining room and use my stuff everyday. Sometimes, I even pull out the real silver mid-week and mix the China with the pottery. Using what you have (even the good stuff) brings memories back and makes everyone stop and enjoy the food in a deliberate manner.
their Atelier to see how their in-house artists create these products.
support artists who draw and paint detailed scenes. Carnets d'Equateur is one of their most beautiful, varied collections. Each plate showcases a different animal in their natural habitat- jaquars, macaws, panthers and impalas. I have a few of the macaw plates (I love birds). The collection was painted by French naturalist and illustrator/painter Robert Dallet who has dedicated his life to the representation of wildlife.