Valentine Rosi Mistou

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Valentine Rosi Mistou

Valentine is an artistic director and a ceramicist. In a Yin and Yang way she’s in great need of opposing lifestyles and divides her existence with precision between a ceramics workshop in her house in Perche and her Parisian agency Yvonne Club. This is a portrait of a designer who makes life an exquisite balancing act.

When Valentine and Jean decided to find a home in the coun- tryside, they had no specific location in mind. It was actually the love of a house that ultimately brought them to Perch in Normandie. Well, isn’t it funny how love usually turns out to be a good guide? The big old farm from 1980 proved to be a lucky strike in every way. Hidden peonys, wildflowers, a 150 year-old oak tree with a lot to share and the friendliest of vibes pervades the place they found by chance but stay on out of utmost aware- ness. Here Valentine have her place to create.

Valentine Rosi Mistou

VALENTINE WEARS A KNITTED SHIRT FROM MOLLI AND A COAT FROM KHADI & CO.

I’m a … French creative, I divide my time between Stalingrad station in Paris (a very crowded area) and a tiny village in Normandy, Saint Mard de Reno. There’s a huge gap between those two places but it defines me quite well. I’m a very sociable person, I love to be surrounded by inspiring people and the hustle and bustle of the city. But I also need to be alone, in a simpler environment, which helps my creativity grow. My family consists of, in order of arrival – Jean, who’s been my best friend and lover for fifteen years. He’s a sweet and poetic photographer, still flying between our planet earth and the abstract world, always reminding us of what’s important. Then there’s our dog Jesus, bringing noisy mess and enthusiasm. Orso our little boy joined the family three years ago with his enormous sensibility and kindness. And our family is set to get bigger because we’re expecting a surprise in February.

I do … A lot of things! Defining me by one pursuit is impossible. I have many! And I may have some new ones soon. I started out with textile formation, learning how to play with color, texture, pattern and composition. And in fact, even if I work with many different materials these days, I see everything this way, all creative life is about color, texture, pattern and composition for me. I’m the creative director of my own studio, YVONNE CLUB, which I established seven years ago with my friend and business partner Nastassia Brame. I’m also a teacher at ENSAD Paris. And I am a ceramist. I’ve been working with ceramics for some thirty years and I finally decided to show my secret garden a year ago.

My home … Is a big old farm from 1860. It’s located in the middle of the forest in a very protected area. It’s full of treasures that we like to create ourselves. We also have creations by our friends everywhere, photography, drawings, ceramics and textiles. Orso is now able to participate in creating our home museum.

Valentine Rosi Mistou
Valentine Rosi Mistou

VALENTINE WEARS A CABLE KNIT JUMPER AND SHORTS FROM MARINE SERRE. ORSO WEARS A WOOL SWEATER FROM THE ANIMALS OBSERVATORY AND LEGGINGS FROM REPOSE AMS.

Valentine Rosi Mistou

VALENTINE : DRESS, SHOES AND PATCHWORK QUILTS, CHLOÉ. SLEEVELESS JACKET, LONGCHAMP. ORSO : PULLOVER, THE CAMPAMENTO. JUMPSUIT, WOLF & RITA. BEANIE, BOBO CHOSES. SOCKS, BONMOT. SNEAKERS, SPRING COURT.

Valentine Rosi Mistou

Living in France … Is rich. There are so many different places, moods, atmospheres. I love being able to enjoy the richness of big cities, the calm of the countryside, the perspective of the mountains and the poetry of the sea. Every part of the country has its own rituals and traditions that I love.

What I love about my work is … How varied it is. Every day is a new adventure. I love meeting new people, doing new things and learning more. I hope it will never stop.

Art to me is … Vital; it makes me feel free. It’s a place where you can find yourself and be entirely liberated. It costs nothing, and it open so many doors. It can be shared or not. Be a form of protest or not. For me, it’s the biggest symbol of emancipation. I became an artist because I had the opportunity and luck to be encouraged by my family, especially my mom. We share an interest in crafts – all things handmade. My mom is probably the best artisan I know, and while she unfortunately didn’t have a career as an artist, she gave me all the confidence that I needed to become one.

Valentine Rosi Mistou

Valentine : Turtleneck and skirt, Issey Miyake, socks and Rain boots, Patou.Orso : Pullover, Main Story, shirt, Finger in The Nose, trousers, Wolf & Rita, beanie and socks, Bobo Choses, sneakers, Spring Court.

Valentine Rosi Mistou
Valentine Rosi Mistou

COLLAR AND SHIRT, PATOU. SLEEVELESS VEST, ALWERO/SMALLABLE.COM. KNITTED TROUSERS, ACNE STUDIOS.

My favorite object … Is my notebook. It’s a beautiful leather one that I infinitely refill with new pages. I also have my agenda in it, pictures of things I love, words, drawings, well, my entire life! I couldn’t live without it!

If I could I’d … Have a thousand kids! I love being a mom, it’s so revitalizing and enriching. My own kid is amazing of course but I’m also in love with my kid’s friends. Those little loves teach you about life and remind you what’s meaningful every second.

I want to … Be more independent. I completely idealize people who are totally self-sufficient. I am actually capable of cooking but I would love to have farm animals and a better garden. While I do sew our clothes, I’d love to have more time to make everything. I create my own objects in ceramics, but I don’t know anything about wood. I still have things to learn and that’s exciting!

Valentine Rosi Mistou
Valentine Rosi Mistou

Valentine : Hood and pullover, La Fetiche. Orso : Sheepskin vest, The Animals Observatory, pullover, Misha and Puff, turtleneck, Hundred Pieces on Smallable.com.

My happy place is … Under the oldest tree in my garden. It’s a 150 year-old oak tree, with a lot to share. I love opening my home to friends. Being together brings me great pleasure. Now we also have kids, and I feel so grateful to have all these amazing people around.

On a day off … Well, I never take the day off! I’m simply incapable of doing nothing, I’m super active. I’m a big sleeper but I wake up early and my week is always too short to do all the amazing things that the life has in store for me.

I want to recommend … People to visit La Chapelle XIV, a great art gallery in Paris, specialized in young contemporary art. I also love the Yvon Lambert bookstore, and the decorative arts museum.

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“I RECENTLY WORKED ON MOBILES, MARKING A FIRST STEP FOR ME IN DECORATIVE ART PIECES. I’M ALWAYS PLAYING WITH SHAPES, TEXTURE AND PATTERN.”

Valentine Rosi Mistou

COAT, BOBO CHOSES.

“I create objects that are both decorative and useful; vases, chandeliers or plates.”

Valentine Rosi Mistou
Valentine Rosi Mistou

At dinners with friends … I like to serve pasta! I’m Italian and I love to cook. My specialty is veggie lasagna.

The last book I read … Was a guide to childbirth by Ina May Gaskin, which is literally a bible. It tells the tale of different women giving birth natu- rally. It’s very feminist and powerful.

I find inspiration … In everything. As I said before, I see color, scale, pat- tern and beauty everywhere. Which is a major opportunity.

Giving birth … Is a gift. A secret and magical passage. It’s a way to be stronger and to reinforce your faith. The body is so perfect.

Next thing is … A new baby! And a lot of great ceramic-related stuff, I create objects that are both decorative and useful – vases, chandeliers or plates. I recently worked on mobiles, marking a first step for me in decorative art pie- ces. I’m always playing with shapes, texture and pattern. I have a true passion for colors, and I make all of them, which give me a very large playground.

Valentine Rosi Mistou

VALENTINE IN A DRESS FROM LOEWE. RINGS, GINETTE NY AND OVER THE KNEE BOOTS FROM NOMASEI. ORSO WEARS A BEANIE FROM THE ANIMALS OBSERVATORY. SWEATER FROM FISH AND KIDS. TROUSERS FROM BOBO CHOSES AND SNEAKERS FROM SPRING COURT.

Published May 24, 2023