Henri Roche’s family business has seen all kinds of turmoil through 2 world wars. Despite the stopping and starting, the invasion of the German’s in his workshop, age and illness, Roche prided himself so deeply on the art of this workshop and business, that through all this history he always found a way to keep it alive.
After reading all I could find about the history and making of this house and seeing these beautiful photos documenting the process of making pastels, I fell so deep inlove with the idea. Just looking at the pictures you are taken through a visual journey and transported through time.
Despite the growing trend in in fashion today to identify with the artisan, authentic artisanship is far and few within our contemporary consumer culture. La Maison du Pastel is one of these rare gems of history whose workmanship dates back to the 18th century. Since the acquisition by Henri Roche 1878, the house has specialized solely in the hand-making of pastels, at which time there were only 100 tints. By 1887 the range expands to 500 colors and from then on, “La Maison du Pastel” sees a continuous growth in palette, and Roché pastels become renown worldwide for their specific qualities.
May 21 13 @ 5:23 PMMoMA's Annual Party in the Garden
May 22 13 @ 5:37 PMof Montreal at Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 23 13 @ 5:27 PMØDD Spring Sale
May 24 13 @ 5:40 PMYacht at Shea Stadium
May 25 13 @ 5:50 PMJames Murphy and Special Guests at Grand Prospect Hall
May 26 13 @ 5:54 PMOneohtrix Point Never at Saint Vitus
May 27 13 @ 6:01 PMA conversation With James Murphy
May 28 13 @ 5:46 PMNaoaki Funayama: X-don at Ouchi Gallery
May 29 13 @ 6:06 PMMarina & The Diamonds and Charli XCX
May 30 13 @ 6:10 PMLee "Scratch" Perry at Le Poisson Rouge