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The online boutique serving up the world on an exquisite—probably handcrafted—silver platter

From Amazonian hand-woven baskets to exquisite Talaveran ceramics from Mexico, exploring the hallowed realms of peerless craftsmanship from around the globe just became a whole lot easier. Maison Numen, an online boutique that launched in June this year, purveys a curated selection of artisanal objets d’art from the world over. Its first two collections—Latin Animae Vols. I and II—feature more than 200 pieces from 43 designers and artisans in Mexico, Venezuela, Guatemala, Peru, and Colombia.

For Maison Numen’s globe-trotting founders—art curator Ana Caufman and ex-financier Jessica Macias—an object is only as good as its design and provenance. Each piece on the sleekly designed website is presented alongside its maker and history, as in a museum display. A set of elegant, hand-finished ceramic vessels, for example, is accompanied by a video profile of Mexican designer Luis Vega and his search for the perfect clay in Mexico’s Jiutepec region.

“We look for timeless techniques and innovative, highly skilled makers with a contemporary aesthetic whilst still preserving their cultural traditions and identity,” says Macias.

But the duo isn’t resting on their laurels. They are traversing other continents, seeking out pieces from craftsmen and workshops in Italy and design shows in London, among others. Fans of the boutique can look out for upcoming collections in 2017, which will include European and Asian countries.

maisonnumen.com

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