DC Celebrity Chefs Launch New Home Design and Lifestyle Brands – Washingtonian

Ceramic plates and mugs from the Kinship Collection, recently launched by chef Eric Ziebold and Celia Laurent. Photograph courtesy of the Kinship Collection.

Chef-driven home-design lines have traditionally been the realm of culinary celebrities—the Marthas and Chrissies of the food world. But the pandemic has kicked up new interest in cooking and small-scale entertaining. And so, an increasing number of local restaurant industry names getting into the lifestyle game.

Chef Eric Ziebold and Célia Laurent, the husband-and-wife team behind Kinship and Metier in Shaw, just launched the Kinship Collection. The line of home goods—candles, soaps, linens, ceramics—channels the elegant minimalism of their Michelin-starred restaurants, and sometimes borrows directly from their tables. Diners might recognize the pristine, off-white ceramic plates and bowls designed by Ziebold and produced by Olivia DiBenigno of Alexandria’s Studio North Ceramics. The collection also features picnic blankets made with Los Angeles textile maker Via Verano. Ziebold and Laurent plan to add pantry items like spice rubs, jams, and oils soon.

Spice jars from the Kinship Collection. Photograph courtesy of the Kinship Collection.

The idea for a retail line was partially born out of necessity. Creative homemade parting gifts have