Catalan designer Eugeni Quitllet, who came up under design savant Philippe Starck and notably co-created several pieces with him, pushes stainless steel to new heights of contemporary chic with his L’Ame de Christofle collection. The line’s 17 items are eye-catching with their tapered handles, voluptuous curves and polished sheen, but Quitllet also demands ease of use from flatware. These basics reflect needs of daily eating around the globe as well as nod to the artist’s personal world of coffee on Barcelona patios, tapas gatherings and sweet post-siesta treats with his addition of an espresso stirrer, ice cream spoon and a palillo (a tapas pick).
The name Christofle evokes both the concept of innovative modern design and the elegance of a bygone era. Today the company, headed by Maurizio Borletti who is the 6th generation of the family, continues their tradition as purveyors of fine design and superior quality cutlery, hollowware, dinnerware, crystal, jewellery and gifts. Thanks to a selective distribution system, Christofle today has become an international luxury brand with a retail distribution network.