Ateliers of Europe
An Atlas of Decorative Arts Workshops
This visually stunning love letter to the art
of traditional crafts takes readers inside
Europe’s most illustrious—and in many cases
endangered—decorative arts workshops to
profile how artisans continue to maintain
the highest centuries-old standards of
workmanship and creativity.
Beginning in the Renaissance, ateliers were established as places for European artists to work and teach their crafts. Centuries later most of these spaces have disappeared, but a select few continue to produce some of the world’s most celebrated and sought-after objects in the areas of crystal, ceramics, wrought iron, fabric, bookbinding, mosaic, wood paneling, and more. John Whelan and Oskar Proctor traveled throughout Europe to document these important spaces, both to celebrate them and to preserve their disappearing ideals. Ranging from the well-known to the obscure, this volume takes readers inside dozens of ateliers from Austria, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland. Sumptuous double-page spreads feature alluring photography, and fascinating background texts tell their stories. By shining a light on their collective value as well as their individual expertise, this book offers both a historic evaluation of how ateliers have been shaped by modern forces—and also a clarion call for their preservation.
John Whelan is a specialist in heritage design and creative direction. His heritage projects include a revival of la brasserie française, France’s most iconic culinary export, and his clients include brands such as Cire Trudon, the oldest candlemaker in France. His work has been profiled by Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair, and The Time (London). He lives in Venice, Italy.