By reinterpreting its role of editor-manufacturer, Pierre Frey has invited several designers to create new collections, whose functional, design and modular lines respond to new lifestyles. The work is collaborative from the first drawing to the final piece, with a common ambition: to create, innovate and surprise. The invited talents bring their visions, ideas and styles; Pierre Frey directs their creativity towards its collections.
In 2013, English designer Daniel Rous graduated from the Bath School of Art & Design. The following year, he moved to Treviso, Italy and spent a few years at the Fabrica art research center. He first joined this institution as a resident designer and then became a consultant. In 2017, he returned to London and decided to specialize in object design. He works both as a designer and consultant for brands and studios such as Bethan Laura Wood, Established & Sons, Faye Toogood, DesignStudio and Pentagram. His work blurs the line between craftsmanship and industrial design. Endowed with a genuine curiosity and a precise look at techniques and know-how, Daniel Rous reveals and highlights the capacities and specificities of the artisans. He draws his inspiration from the monolithic and monumental furniture found in the center of ancient churches.
A designer who graduated in 2002 from the Nantes Atlantique School of Design, Guillaume Delvigne began his career between Milan and Paris, working with big names such as George Sowden, co-founder of the Memphis movement, and Marc Newson, a star of contemporary design. In 2011 he launches a solo show, inaugurates his first solo exhibition at the ToolsGalerie and wins the Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris. Today he works with craftsmens, publishers or industrialists mainly in the fields of furniture, objects and lighting. His clients are major French and foreign companies or younger publishers (Hermès, Frandsen, Hanoia, Lexon, La Chance, ENO studio, Hartô...). Guillaume Delvigne is an illustrator. His highly sensitive work is influenced by photography, architecture and more generally by everything visual. He is looking for the perfect balance, his paw is soft and uncluttered while being extremely rigorous, his sense of detail is very strong.
Christophe Delcourt is a designer, publisher and interior architect. Since 1995 he has been publishing his own furniture under the name Delcourt Collection and working in collaboration with numerous publishing houses such as Roche Bobois, Minotti, Pierre Frey... Self-taught, he learns from craftsmen and always adapts his work according to the workshop that will realize it. He designs each of his creations while respecting the technical constraints and valuing the gestures and know-how. Christophe Delcourt defines himself as a craftsman. His favorite material is wood, he likes traditional manufacturing and the entire world of upholstery. His DNA lies in custommade products based on high-end and ever more sophisticated know-how. He is sensitive to pure forms, feminine and sensual lines or sculptural inspired by art.
DAVID ET NICOLAS
David Raffoul and Nicolas Moussallem met at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts where they both studied interior design. Together they furthered their studies at the Scuola Poliltecnica Di Design in Milan before going their separate ways, with David joining the Fabrica research centre in Treviso and Nicolas becoming a freelance designer.In 2011 the duo met again and set up their design studio in Beirut, quickly building their worldwide reputation thanks to their multidisciplinary approach and «retro-futuristic» style. Over the years their creations have been exhibited at the Nilufar Gallery and the Carpenters Workshop Gallery. They have worked in conjunction with major international brands as well as on high-end projects for independent clients. They bring an obsessive attention to the smallest details and cheerfully combine Eastern and Western influences, ancient and contemporary.
RENE PROU, 1887 - 1947 Born in Britany in the western part of France, René Prou is a central figure in the Art Deco movement alongside Ruhlmann, Leleu, Dunand, Subes and Brandt. His style rejuvenates and alleviates the forms of Art Deco while preserving harmony, comfort and a certain idea of luxury.
In 2009, Constance Guisset founded her studio specialized in design, interior architecture and scenography. Her objects such as the Vertigo and Cape lamp or the Canova dish are among the icons of design. She also explores other fields of research and expression such as stage design for live shows, exhibitions for museums, and even the publishing of children's books. The common thread of all these experiences is the search for a balance between the embodiment of movement, delicacy, imagination, quality and comfort. She is particularly sensitive to bodies and movement. © Felipe Ribon
Giorgia Zanellato and Daniele Bortotto founded their agency in 2013 in Treviso after graduating from IUAV University in Venice and completing a master's degree in product design at ECAL in Switzerland. Giorgia worked at Fabrica, a design research center, while Daniele collaborated with Swiss designer Adrien Rovero. They presented their first joint project, Acqua Alta, in Milan and began their research on the relationship between place and time through the reinterpretation of traditional craft techniques. Both product designers and artistic directors, the duo collaborates with Italian and international companies. Their work is exhibited in several galleries and institutions such as MAXXI in Rome, the Triennale Design Museum, the Poldi Pezzoli Museum in Milan, Sommerset House and the Aram Gallery in London. In 2015 they were named young talent of the year by Elle Décor Italy and won numerous awards for their various works.
Gonçalo Campos is a young Portuguese designer known for his mix of humor and pragmatism. In 2008, he joined Fabrica, a design and communication research center in Treviso. Since 2010, he collaborates with different editors like Wewood, Mantecas, Vista Alegre or Kvadrat... Very curious by nature, he likes to understand how things are made and the ingenuity of the people behind each project. His work tends to find simple but surprising solutions through the rational use of materials and production methods.
Born in France, Sam Baron is a graduate of the Saint Etienne School of Fine Arts and has a post-graduate degree from l’école nationale des Arts Décoratifs de Paris. He anchors his creations in functional and artistic research without omitting cultural and historical narratives. His vision is positioned in our daily and contemporary life through rereadings and reinterpretations of artisanal or industrial know-how. He works as a designer for several international brands: Dior Maison, Hennessy, Vista Alegre, La Redoute. For ten years, he was the creative director of the design department of Fabrica, an international research center in communication based in Italy. In 2009 he received the Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris in the confirmed designer section and in 2010 he was named by Philippe Starck as one of the most important designers of the decade.
Gesa Hansen is a Danish-German designer. She grew up in Germany surrounded by architects, cabinetmakers and designers and studied design at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. She worked at Jean Nouvel's studio, then at the graphic design studio H5 and finally at NDC in Tokyo before founding her own brand "The Hansen Family". In this label, she combines her design expertise with the know-how of her family workshop. She develops a style with a strong artisanal character with wood as her favorite material. She has twice won the International Red Dot Award and the International Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum. Interested in the design of spaces in their entirety, Gesa Hansen also founded an interior design agency with Pascaline Futry, then on her own.
From an early age, Charles Tassin was interested in art, antiques and crafts. Fascinated by the beautiful houses that surround him, he studied interior architecture at Penninghen and then at Ensaama. After a first experience in an ephemeral architecture firm specialized in luxury events, he returned to his origins and founded his own interior design firm in 1996. Following the example of the decorator-engineers of the 1940's-1970's, he affirms a deep attachment to the decorative arts of the 20th century. He decorates and arranges numerous restaurants, hotels, galleries, apartments, clubs and villas in France, England and Kuwait. He mixes, with brilliance, the French elegance and a certain uninhibited glamour. In 2012, he opened the MAY gallery, in the antique dealers' district of Paris, where he exhibits the furniture creations he designs for different sites. He is passionate about the work of seating, and in particular, sofas.
Charlotte Juillard was inspired by the geometric aesthetics of cubism to create the DORA line. The name DORA refers to Dora Maar, a French photographer and painter, who was one of the lovers and muses of the painter Pablo Picasso. This line, composed of a lounge chair, a sofa, a pouffe and a table, is part of an architectural composition where semi-circles, rectangles and squares are stacked to create a totemic construction. The tense and angular lines of the base fade and round off as they go along to reveal a pleated backrest that brings softness and generosity to the whole.
After a career in the film industry in New York, Sandra Benhamou founded her interior design agency in 2010 in Paris. As an art collector and buyer, she knows how to bring together styles, trends and influences to create unique spaces and objects. Her work is born from a perfect balance between sensuality and power, refinement and sobriety, accuracy and boldness. Sandra Benhamou places materials and know-how at the heart of her aesthetic research. She also cultivates a strong sense of storytelling and staging. She has signed prestigious projects, transforming the former Dinard aquarium into a 5-star hotel, renovating the Hôtel Belloy in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, or designing the first Parisian chess bar.
Estudio Persona was created by Emiliana Gonzalez and Jessie Young in 2015. Born in Uruguay, they both met in Los Angeles where they started working on a collaborative process that evolved into the formation of Estudio Persona. Their unconventional designs follow strong lines combined with a distinctly neutral and minimal approach. Working with natural materials in contrasting ways, they embody a unique and ever evolving practice that is evident in their femenine lines and sculptural shapes. With a huge respect for traditional craftsmanship, they collaborate with local manufacturers and challenge their designs by adapting to the constraints they encounter with each material they work with.
British designer Sebastian Bergne graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1990. He immediately founded his design studio. He is a multi-talented industrial design consultant, editor, designer and supplier of custom-made objects. He is known for making everyday objects special, thanks to his essential and human approach to design. His creations are easily identifiable in their functional evidence and their worked simplicity. Sebastian Bergne likes to describe design as a process by which anything can be made beautiful, useful, meaningful, appropriate, or simply fun to use. His work has been recognized worldwide and has won numerous international design awards. His creations are on exhibit in the permanent collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Design Museum in London.
With a PhD in Art History and a master’s degree in industrial design from Ensci, Fabien Petiot has been developing design projects and pieces at the crossroads of industry and craft since 2013. The unique aesthetic that emerges from his work comes from his deep expertise in technical processes and materials, crossed with his extensive knowledge of art and design history. Fabien Petiot Design studio’s work is divided between experimental projects, public and private commissions, unique pieces or limited series that he creates for interior designers and renowned collectors. His pieces are exhibited in prestigious international fairs such as PAD Art + Design (Paris and London) or The Salon (New York). He has been edited since 2017 by Mouvements Modernes gallery in Paris. In addition to the prestigious and high quality custom production of his Parisian studio, Fabien Petiot founded Beau Travail in 2020 in the Netherlands. Beau Travail produces its own collections of objects in unlimited series and accessible to a wide audience.
Aurélien Barbry is a French designer who lives between Copenhagen and New York. After graduating from the Camondo school in 1997 with the congratulations of the jury, he joined the design department of the Jean Nouvel studio and carried out projects of industrial design or design integrated into architecture. He worked on the restaurant of the Quai Branly Museum. In 2006, he moved to Copenhagen, Denmark and founded his own design studio. He collaborates with many Scandinavian brands such as Georg Jensen, Fredericia Furniture, Le Klint... Aurélien Barbry has built his identity during the life trips he has undertaken. He has evolved in cities with different cultural horizons such as Hong Kong, Hamburg, New York, or Copenhagen. He is deeply influenced by Scandinavian design and follows a functional and minimalist approach with simple organic forms.
Calico Wallpaper is the 2013 creative union of American couple Rachel and Nicholas. Their custom wallpaper company combines artisanal methods from the decorative arts such as marbling, with innovative digital technologies. They work with world-renowned designers and architects on residential and contract projects. Calico Wallpaper’s creations have been exhibited at the London Design Festival, Milan’s Salone del Mobile, the Smithsonian Design Museum and have earned a place in the Cooper Hewitt’s permanent collection. For the first time, the duo is stepping out of its field of predilection and transposing their poetic universe to Pierre Frey furniture.
Vincent Dupont-Rougier initially studied art history. Passionate about design, he began working as a self-taught designer before joining the post-graduate program of the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris. This double vision, both curious about heritage and resolutely turned towards the avant-garde, determines a diversified career as a designer and scenographer, which also includes interior architecture, urban planning, signage and even the design of terraces and gardens. In his projects, he has an acute interest in the notion of narrative and materials. From 2000 to 2001 he was a resident at the French Academy in Rome, at the Villa Medici. In 2015, he received the prestigious distinction of Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.