Ceramic artists Jae-Hyun Cheong and Stéphane Froger, founders of the lovely boutique/workshop Le Petit Atelier de Paris, chose as their motto: du bonheur au quotidien—happiness in the everyday. Opened in 2005, their harmonious, light-filled space is devoted to useful and beautiful porcelain for the home, created on the spot. All in white—some with their hallmark tiny gold stars—their plates, platters, bowls and egg cups are versatile enough for daily use and also function as accent pieces. A set of six delicate small vases in subtly oblong shapes reminiscent of eggshells are so pleasing to touch that it’s hard to resist holding them. Rounded wooden containers handmade in the Jura by a company that has made artisanal cheese boxes for decades make very French gift boxes, priced at €2–€6. Every year from November through January a guest artist is also invited to exhibit original works at the shop.
31 rue de Montmorency, 3rd, (closed mid–Feb to mid–Mar). 01.44.54.91.40. website
Originally published in the March 2012 issue of France Today