The Château de Versailles was the principal royal residence of France from 1682 until 1789. It started as a royal residence under Louis XIV, the sun king, and ended with the French revolution under Louis XVI. The Château is located about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Paris. Before 1682, the site was occupied by a hunting lodge and little later a small château, until Louis XIV started the expansion. The Palace is now an UNESCO World Heritage site.
Atelier Choux collaborated with Château de Versailles with a bespoke print of the Château and the gardens with royal animals. The product line includes organic cotton and cashmere blankets, decorative pillows and gold studded bibs for babies and children, along with clothing. The products are sold in Château de Versailles’ three boutiques.
Atelier Choux Paris and the RMN – GP (the commercial operator for the vast majority of museums in France) worked together, digging into the Château’s archives to create a new iconic illustration. The hot air balloons in the print are based on historic illustrations from 1784 depicting the first test launches of a hot air balloon from the Château.