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Dreamy New Homewares From Maison Balzac To Level Up Your Dinner Table

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Is it just us, or is coloured glassware having a moment?

It’s a trend we’re VERY on board with, and we have a sneaking suspicion that Sydney-based house of Parisian chic, Maison Balzac might have something to do with it. Best known for their beautiful scented candles, and popular J’ai Soif carafe, the brand has now expanded on their glassware offering, with candle and incense holders, geometric jugs and star spangled wine glasses that strike the perfect balance between elegant and fun.

The Un Rêve collection is available now… just in time for a much-needed colour injection at home!

16th October, 2020

Volute Platter, Grande Pauline candlestick holder, Volute Candle Holder, J’ai Soif Carafe and The Marble Handle incense holder.. Photo – Dave Wheeler. Stylist – Sandy Dao. Florist – Sophia Kaplan.

Volute Platter is an elevated fruit stand. Photo – Dave Wheeler. Stylist – Sandy Dao. Florist – Sophia Kaplan.

The Coucou range adds new geometric silhouettes to the brand’s staple glassware offering. Photo – Dave Wheeler. Stylist – Sandy Dao. Florist – Sophia Kaplan.

Monsieur Escargot is an incense vessel made from upcycled Italian marble and inspired by the stone statues in regal French gardens. Also pictured Grande Pauline candle holder, Volute candles, Coucou jug and tumblers. Photo – Dave Wheeler. Stylist – Sandy Dao. Florist – Sophia Kaplan.

Tapered candles open up new avenues to experiment with shape, colour and form. Grande Pauline candle holder. Photo – Dave Wheeler. Stylist – Sandy Dao. Florist – Sophia Kaplan.

Wine glasses add to the existing range of champagne flutes. Photo – Dave Wheeler. Stylist – Sandy Dao. Florist – Sophia Kaplan.

Where it all began, the original Maison Balzac potted candle. Photo – Dave Wheeler. Stylist – Sandy Dao. Florist – Sophia Kaplan.

The jewel toned bulbous shapes are a contemporary spin on some tableware classics. Grande Pauline candlestick holder, Volute Candle Holder and Volute candles. Photo – Dave Wheeler. Stylist – Sandy Dao. Florist – Sophia Kaplan.

Sasha Gattermayr
Friday 16th October 2020

‘Any piece can bring a bubble of joy into a space.’ – Elise Pioch

It might be her background in fashion buying, or the chicness implicit in her French heritage, but Elise Pioch has crafted her homewares brand Maison Balzac with just the right amount of je ne sais quoi. In the eight years since its initial establishment as a candle atelier, Elise takes Maison Balzac’s ooze of playful elegance up a notch every time she launches a new collection. 

The Un Rêve collection is the latest addition to Elise’s cult brand. Using borosilicate glass, the Coucou range of geometric silhouettes introduces more complex shapes to the brand’s popular glassware offering, while tapered, shapely candle holders represent a total deviation from the brand’s roots in traditional scented candles. Made from sustainable palm wax, this sculptural variation on an old favourite product opens up a whole new space to experiment with colour, shape and form. Locally made perfumes and soy wax are among the other materials used, while the Japanese incense is made from tabunoki wood.

One standout piece is Monsieur Escargot, a snail-shaped incense vessel made from upcycled Italian marble that Elise cites as her favourite in the collection. ‘His antennae are incense sticks, so he’s useful and quirky!’ 

Translating to ‘a dream’ in French, the Un Rêve collection was conceived in response to the global turmoil experienced by almost everyone in the world this year. Elise recognised a collective need for a little bit of escapist dreaming, leading her to put an eclectic spin on some familiar favourites and push the pieces a little bit further than usual. 

‘We wanted to take people by the hand and fly them into our dream world where everything is peaceful, playful and happy,’ she explains of the design process. ‘Any piece can bring a bubble of joy into a space.’

The ‘Un Rêve’ collection from Maison Balzac is available here to shop now.

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