L’art du Vivre is very much at the core of everything that Pierre Sauvage espouses.
Nowhere is this more apparent than chez Casa Lopez, his homeware brand which deftly weaves a timeless elegance with a Mediterranean exuberance – influences which very much inform the look and feel of ceramics, splashy rugs and decorative glassware.
Pierre attributes his love of the “Latin” palette to a Spanish grandmother – two exquisitely appointed country homes and a chic Parisian apartment are all testament to this. They are also the perfect showcase for the “inside/ outside” style of living he so adores. Life, thinks Pierre, is all the better for tasting sunshine, smelling the orange trees and enjoying design flourishes which are sophisticated yes, but never precious. “Really, what I have created is an effortless blend of sophisticated and simple. You could be in the grandest of surroundings or you could be sitting in your garden and Casa Lopez still works.”
Pierre worked in PR and marketing, including for Dior under the reign of John Galliano, before joining a design and interiors agency. Its founder, Veronique Lopez, owned Casa Lopez which originally made rugs. Pierre pestered her for 20 years before she finally sold it to him. “I loved the Lopez taste, the vibrant colours, the very noble fabrics like jute or wool in the rugs and the fact that their prices weren’t too high.”
When he took over, Pierre decided he wanted to create a complementary collection of homeware and tableware – the sort that eschews the often homogenising influence of Instagram, where you might find items that were not so readily available elsewhere.
The majority of products sold at Casa Lopez are handmade in workshops where traditional craftsmanship is passed on from generation to generation. Playing card ceramic plates are humorous, colourful and bright, guaranteed to bring a jolt of happiness while also being eminently practical – very much like Pierre himself.
“You could be in the grandest of surroundings or you could be sitting in your garden and Casa Lopez still works.”Pierre Sauvage