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Villeroy&Boch, collection La Boule- design Helen von Boch

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agical spheres are usually made of crystal. And yet this one made of porcelain is also able to astonish with its sleight of hand. Despite its age, it can be broken down into a modern and eclectic tableware set for two.


  • What it is La Boule by Villeroy&Boch, the reissue of the spherical tableware set.
  • What makes it special It is a porcelain globe that hides a complete tableware set and turns into a special piece of décor—almost seeming to be a work of art. The original idea goes back to 1971 when designer Helen von Boch created Globe. Fifty years later, Villeroy&Boch is proposing it in a special edition in four different varieties.
  • How it is made It is a sphere made of high-quality porcelain that includes tableware for two people: two bowls, two flat bowls, two universal plates and a serving platter. Once closed, La Boule turns into an elegant piece of décor to leave out in the kitchen or living room. Available both in a matte or glossy finish, it is available in four versions: the classic La Boule white, La Boule black, La Boule black & white (which alternates black and white in a play of parallel lines with glossy textures), and La Boule Memphis (which is inspired by Memphis, the seventies’ Milanese postmodernist collective) and recalls the distinctive features of Ettore Sottsass and Michele de Lucchi.
  • Whose idea it is Helen von Boch, the 20th century German designer (1938-2007) known, among other things, for her Globe, the spherical tableware set that revolutionized the concept of the table. Her eclectic, avantgarde style brought about visionary hybrids thanks to her cross-cutting approach to design inflected with art.
  • We chose it because…  It is tableware that goes a long way back, but it is also futuristic because in its perfect and timeless elegance it responds to needs of the contemporary couple. And its eclectic style once again, fifty years on, elicits surprise.



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