Pierre Frey is proud to announce that Fernanda Da Rocha, a furniture designer, was awarded the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture Roseline Bachelot-Narquin.
Portuguese by birth, Fernanda Da Rocha began working at the age of 15 in a large textile company where she learned sewing. She left her native country twelve years later to settle in France. There she continued her career, climbed the ladder and acquired exceptional know-how. After several years in the clothing and luxury automobile sectors, she joined Pierre Frey in 2019 where she works as a seamstress in the furniture production site located in the North of France and alongside a talented team of designers, seat carpenters, seamstresses and upholsterers.
Every week, dozens of seat covers, headboards and cushions pass through the expert hands of Fernanda Da Rocha. Her expertise enhances the various furniture collections and textile creations of the House.
Her know-how is based on the perfect mastery of stitches and finishes (overlocking, piping, folded stitching, double saddle stitching, turned-up seams ... ), on the choice of thread and needle to adapt to the material to be sewn or on complex tension adjustments, guarantees of quality and aestheticism. The seamstress relies on her forty years of professional expenence to meet the technical challenges and requirements of Pierre Frey's research department and designers.
She creates seat covers for the greatest designers and decorators, Philippe Starck, Peter Marino, Jacques Garcia, Fabrizio Casiraghi, Bruno Borrione, for luxury brands such as Baccarat, Cartier, Chaumet, Guerlain, but also for emblematic places such as Drouant, the Meurice, the Kong, Ducasse restaurants, Madame Rêve... The works that Fernanda Da Rocha makes are exported on ail continents and make the French know-how of Haute Couture in furniture radiate ail over the world.
The House now has two Knights of the Order of Arts and Letters in its teams: Fernanda Da Rocha and Olivier Joannen awarded in 2019.
The distinction of Knight of the Orcier of Arts and Letters is one of the principal among the four ministerial orders of the French Republic. lt rewards the commitment and contribution of personalities to the preservation and promotion of French cultural heritage.
lt is a real pride for Pierre Frey to have two knights of the Orcier of Arts and Letters on its team. ln 2019, Olivier Joannen, hand weaver, also received this distinction, requested by the Colbert Committee, to promote the value of hand crafts and to set up these craftsmen as models for the young generation.