Meet the Maker: Florence Balducci

Any admirers of our tabletop collection will know all about our long-time crush on Parisian artist Florence Balducci. Her monochrome illustrations encapsulate a whimsical magic that consistently sees her designs named guest of honour at our dinner parties. The good news is her new exclusively-for-us collection, The Wild Masquerade, has arrived just in time to head-up our Christmas table. Unfortunately, Florence herself won’t be at our Christmas gathering, but we checked in before the festivities launched into full swing. Join us as we flip through her sketchbook, natter about signature dishes and Christmas-day wishes, plus Florence reveals exclusive print-and-decorate place card, designed especially for you.

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We understand that you love hosting dinner parties. Can you tell us about your plans this year?

My dinner parties are always based on the people coming. I usually do most of them between Christmas and New Year’s, and I always serve delicious things from the South of France—particularly good wine.

Is there a recipe you’re known for?

My surprise salads, my fish, my fruit compotes…I like to change my recipes and never make the same dish twice!

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Will you be putting up a tree?

Yes, we’ll have a tree in my courtyard made from pinecones, a sculpture made by my father. We decorate it each year.

Finish the following: The best holiday party I ever attended…

Was a Christmas next to the sea with my family. We put a blanket on the sand with candles and ate shrimp grilled in champagne—what a dream!

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What are you wishing for this year?

Peace on Earth and more time to do things well and with love.

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Florence has designed a printable place card, exclusively for you. Reveal the design here.