Since its creation in 1935, the Maison Pierre Frey has amassed an important collection of more than 30,000 archival documents, representing one of the largest private collections in the world.
These fabrics, wallpapers, drawings, carpets, and models from the 16th century to the present day, inventoried and classified by period, by theme or by technique, are largely from the collections of the houses of Pierre Frey, Le Manach, Braquenié, Fadini Borghi and Boussac. Others have been collected over the years to enrich the collection.
A valuable tool for researching decorative practices of the past, these archives are accessible to clients and decorators around the world and are a remarkable source of inspiration for Pierre Frey's creative team.
Ten archives include new collections of fabrics, wallpapers and rugs
For each new collection of fabrics, wallpapers or rugs, the design studio selects the archives relevant to the theme, reproducing them identically or taking inspiration from them by modifying the scale, the material or the colors.
For the collections Eternel Eté, Joie de Vivre and Soleil d'été, which reinterprets the codes of Provence through the work of artists of the 1950s, a dozen documents have been updated: a fragment of a printed petticoat from the nineteenth century, a Provencal jacket, a gouache from the 1950s, preparatory drawings of fabrics or carpets...
All these documents, like so many testimonies of an era, are the irrefutable proof that knowledge of the past never stops feeding contemporary creation.
The motif of interlocking scales has been constantly renewed since the 18th century. From India, where it was born, through the manufacture of Jouy and to Provence, this emblematic design of Provencal petticoats printed and quilted, is reproduced here with gouache on a tracing paper dating from the twentieth century. Enlarged and recolored, it is issued in five colors of wallpapers and proposed in carpet composed in five colors.
This document is a preparatory gouache for a fabric printed on a rusty background in 1950. Produced this time in three colors of wallpapers, the earthen pots were redrawn and the hand-painted aspect preserved.
In 1945 the painter Irène Rohr delivered two versions of her drawing, one in positive, the other in negative: colored horses on a white background, and white horses on a colored background. At the time, Pierre Frey chose to publish the first version. Seventy-six years later, Patrick Frey brought out the "negative" from his reserves and published it in three wallpaper colors.
The Alpilles stripe comes from the reverse side of a Provencal printed and quilted petticoat, dating from the 19th century. It is reproduced as wallpaper in its original color, ochre and black, as well as in three new pastel colors.
The gouache on paper depicting a flower garland was probably painted by Germaine Midy in the 1950s-1960s. Extensively enlarged, Pierre Frey's design studio transformed it into a panoramic wallpaper while maintaining the original colors and hand-painted look of the work.
Irene Rohr, who designed some fifteen patterns for the Pierre Frey House, created this motif in 1945. Published in fabric at the same time under the name Ondine, Poseidon has been redesigned by the studio. Some details, such as the eyes of the mermaids, have been removed. Enlarged, the motif is available in five wallpapers and two fabrics, keeping the original turquoise, red and black colors and imagining other versions with vibrant tones that perfectly match the colors in vogue in the 1950s.
The Francine fabric and wallpaper, available in three bright colors as well as in an ecru version, reproduce the needlepoint design of a 19th century Provençal man's jacket, while maintaining the soft, fluffy, satiny look of the original boutis.
This gouache on paper bought by Pierre Frey in the 1950s had never been published before. It is now done! The design studio, charmed by this old-fashioned drawing, has kept it as it is while modernizing the colors used in flat tints.
This design comes from an old Braquenié map, a technical document allowing to go from drawing to weaving. Originally intended for a staircase passageway, the carpet designers chose this graphic composition evoking the modern artists of Provence, to create a four meter wide woven carpet, composed of six colors.
An old map of a Braquenié carpet, this charming set of checks evokes the fabrics of the Arles region. The creative team dedicated to custom-made carpets offers a retranscription, finely realized knot by knot in Nepalese stitch, in order to bring out each of its features.