L’Atelier du Vin revisits the Bilame Craft® corkscrew for Material Bank

The world’s leading material sample company, Material Bank, has chosen L’Atelier du Vin to supply its corporate gifts – a collaboration that exemplifies excellence and sophistication.

A complementary vision

Material Bank, an expert in the supply of sample materials and products to architects and designers, was searching for a partner who excelled in creative designs to provide its end-of-year gifts. The natural choice was L’Atelier du Vin, which shares Material Bank’s passion for craft and design.


For decades, L’Atelier du Vin has embodied the very essence of French savoir-faire and elegance. Material Bank, meanwhile, is unapologetically innovative, offering an incredibly varied range of 10 million samples to design and architecture professionals via its digital platform.  Guided by sustainability, the company has also set itself the goal of becoming net-zero by 2040.

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The Bilame Craft® and its leather sheath

L’Atelier du Vin created an exclusive version of the iconic Bilame Craft® corkscrew for this special corporate gift. Presented in a case that proudly features the distinctive Material Bank branding, the robust corkscrew is hand-crafted in France and made from foundry cast Zamac that provides a timeless aesthetic.

A genuine Italian leather pouch, stitched and coloured by hand, protects the mechanism – fine blades that glide effortlessly between cork and glass. Patented by L’Atelier du Vin since 1947, the opening system allows the cork to be extracted without being pierced, meaning it can also be effortlessly reinserted – it truly is a sommelier’s magic wand.

Emblematic of the brand, the Bilame® for Material Bank is the epitome of the original, unique corkscrew, long admired, often copied, but never equalled. Its harmonious operation and quality craftsmanship make it an indispensable accessory for all oenophiles.

Choose excellence for your corporate gifts

Offering your clients high-quality corporate gifts is a valuable investment. Unique, timeless gifts help build relationships with customers and demonstrate their importance to you. L’Atelier du Vin understands this sentiment perfectly and offers a beautiful range of products, each adapted to a company’s specific needs after careful collaboration.

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Whether it’s to celebrate an event, thank a colleague or make a lasting impression on an important customer, L’Atelier du Vin’s let their imagination run wild with partners to create unique objects that seduce the eye. Their collaboration with Paul Smith provides a further example, featuring two famous L’Atelier du Vin corkscrews in a unique, customisable travel kit.

An iconic object of impeccable craftsmanship

Philippe Brocart, Managing Director of Material Bank, underlines the reason for selecting L’Atelier du Vin. “The Bilame, in its raw and historic finish, symbolises the true luxury of a well-designed and well-made product. That’s why we wanted to offer this magnificent object to our customers, who are professionals in the field.”

The object designed by L’Atelier du Vin for Material Bank effortlessly blends the world of oenology and design, where traditional know-how meets contemporary innovation.


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