PIERRE FREY HAS A DATE WITH HISTORY
Known for its eclectic and contemporary collections, Maison Pierre Frey nevertheless cultivates a strong attachment to the past and to tradition. For Patrick Frey, understanding the past helps to understand the future.
Through their Archives department, created in 2003 and consisting of more than 30,000 documents, it is committed to reviving and sharing a heritage common to all. Thanks to its know-how and perfect mastery of techniques, in a relatively short time this fabric editor has become a privileged partner of museums and an active participant in French cultural life.
Thus, without favor for a particular period or style, the Maison Pierre Frey participates in many events through the loan of archival documents or special reproductions, giving the public an opportunity to experience parts of our history, from the Renaissance to the 20th century.
Proof in three places, three eras, three experiences :
Exhibition Elise Djo-Bourgeois – “Sur le motif” (6 April- 16 June 2019) at the Villa Noailles (Hyères, France)
When Pierre Frey purchased Lauer in 1995, he discovered design treasures produced in the 1920s by a group of exceptional artists: Lalique, René Prou, Burkhalter, Sue and Mare and, of course, Elise Djo-Bourgeois.
Little known to the general public, this designer of patterns for fabrics and carpets used brightly coloured geometric shapes as her pictorial language. Her career is closely linked to that of her husband, Georges Bourgeois dit Djo-Bourgeois, architect and decorator, known for his interior design, boutiques, apartments and villas such as Villa Noailles in Hyères. The premature death of her husband when he was not even forty years old put an end to their respective careers, causing their work to be forgotten.
Contacted to help identify the fabrics seen in black and white photographs from the 1920s, Pierre Frey very quickly agreed to lend a large number of documents designed by Elise Djo-Bourgeois that are in its possession,: 49 archives, printed textiles in a multitude of colours, a collection of prints and a book containing old carpet photographs. These archives have given new life to the environments imagined by the couple. Elise’s brightly coloured textiles counterbalance the austere images that the black and white photos suggest.