An easy way to welcome wellness into your life is by turning an everyday activity—like drinking water—into a ritual. We all know how important staying hydrated is to our overall health and functioning, but many of us do it as a means to an end rather than really relishing in the experience. Sipping from a dedicated vessel can transform this simple act into something special, encouraging us to appreciate the moment mindfully and bringing in a sense of ceremony.
This is exactly what Elise Pioch, the founder of chic homewares label Maison Balzac, was hoping to achieve with her range of J’ai Soif carafe sets.
“I am lucky to have grown up in a family who celebrated little things everyday and who elevated the art of home decoration to another level. My grandmother and mother would pick wild flowers or garden roses and display them in different vases pretty much everyday. For each meal, the table was dressed beautifully with simple things like lavender stems, shells, moss, whatever was in season. There was a real sense of scenography,” she tells Really Well.
“When I would ask why there would be cake and flowers this evening, my mum would say, ‘Because it’s Tuesday night!’ Anything was an excuse to celebrate in a simple way. It really taught me to enjoy the present and beautify every little moment.”
A former fashion buyer and French native, Pioch is driven by a deep love of aesthetics. Her carafe set was based on an original antique set, born from a time when it was common practice to decanter water and place it on the bedside for use throughout the night. “I really wanted to bring this tradition back into our everyday lives,” she says. “At the heart of Maison Balzac is a nostalgia for the past, translated into a modern language.”
The mouth-blown carafes are made in Mongolia by the same master blower who creates the vessels for Maison Balzac’s candles. Each carafe is shaped individually from melted coloured borosilicate glass, before being cooled down, sandblasted with the brand’s star logo on the base, and carefully packed. Due to popular demand, Maison Balzac tried to increase the production volume, but the master blower said he could only make a certain number of pieces per day.
“We love the fact that it is a slow process that cannot be speeded up. Our carafes are limited in time and number, which makes them extra special,” Pioch explains.