I am a real jack-of-all-trades. I work on all kinds of objects on all kinds of scales, from a mass-produced industrial object to a unique gallery piece.
Who is Guillaume Delvigne? What did he design for Pierre Frey?
Guillaume Delvigne works mainly on furniture, objects and lighting. His work is influenced by photography and architecture.
Each piece of furniture of the Litho line created for Pierre Frey is an assembly of volumes, intertwined or simply placed one on the other. Completely covered in fabric, the pieces pay tribute to the historical textile know-how of the House.
What are your artistic specificities?
I am a real jack-of-all-trades. I work on all kinds of objects on all kinds of scales, from a mass-produced industrial object to a unique gallery piece. I work alone and have an artisanal approach to creation. I master the drawing in the smallest details, it must be flexible but very precise and constructed. I am very fond of pure forms which must be as beautiful to the touch as they are visually. They are simple but not minimalist. The pieces are often complex to manufacture because of their extreme simplicity.
How did you work with Pierre Frey's design office?
One of the great challenges was the difficulty of upholstering such flexible and organic shapes. Not all fabrics can adapt to these sculptural structures, and we had to choose fabrics with great elasticity.
Another challenge was to find the best possible comfort without losing sight of the original design and proportions. The design office solved ail the problems one by one, meeting all the requirements like the right distance between the legs of the bench, the balance of the seat, the finishing touches ... We worked in a climate of mutual trust and emulation.
How did you corne up with the idea of designing three rugs to complete the collection?
The rugs are a continuation of the collection. They add a poetic dimension to the furniture and create a friendly environment.
I didn't see large, pure rectangles, I was looking for something more indefinite, more organic. I developed the design, by repeating commas with a felt pen on my white sheet of paper. The lay out of the different commas has resulted in three forms of organic carpet. The irregularity and vibration of my strokes became very interesting to translate into textile and relief. Irelied on Pierre Frey's expertise to choose the best materials, textures and weaving techniques.
Even if the spirit of the design is the same for the three carpets, simulating the pencil strokes on a sheet of paper by using a soft and shiny silk velvet or drier and more rustic wool loops, totally modifies the aspect and brings very different visual effects. Furniture and rugs reflect exactly the spirit I had imagined giving to this collection. Armless sofa, lounge chair, bench and rug encourage a relaxed and friendly attitude.