Fabien Petiot designs the first in-outdoor furniture for Pierre Frey

Unclassifiable, the French designer Fabien Petiot (born in 1979) likes to explore all creative fields. He joyfully mixes crafts and design, art and writing, finding his balance when he embraces these different disciplines. From his two training courses in art history and industrial design, he has created his own universe, generous and at odds with fields that are a little too narrow for his taste. In 2013, he founded his own studio, designing lighting, furniture and objects that are both sculptural and narrative. Quickly spotted by the gallery Mouvements Modernes (Paris), which chose to publish his work in the form of limited series, his work is exhibited in prestigious international fairs such as PAD Art + Design (Paris and London) or The Salon (New York), and in group exhibitions. In 2020, as an extension of his Parisian design studio, Fabien Petiot founded Beau Travail in the Netherlands. The name that the designer gave to this new studio says a lot about his level of demands. In the land of uninhibited Dutch design, Fabien mixes the tradition of French decorative arts with the efficiency of Dutch industrial companies. Beau Travail allows him to publish his own creations with designs that are both playful and sophisticated, and more than ever multi-supported (objects, lighting and furniture in unlimited series, art books, drawings and graphic works) while taking up the challenge of collaborations, as is the case today with Pierre Frey. Writing, the starting point of all his productions, and nature, an inexhaustible source of inspiration, constitute the common thread between Fabien Petiot’s two creative studios. A memory, a sentence, a story, give birth to an object, a piece of furniture... Fabien Petiot’s words are transformed into three dimensions and lead to the production of colourful, non-standard and poetic objects.

 

THE CONCEPT 

“The creation of the Stère bench is essentially a story of sensations. The feelings you get when you arrive at a holiday home. You open the shutters, let in the light, the house gradually emerges from its torpor. We’ve come a long way, we put the furniture in the overgrown garden. We improvise a lunch, the storm rumbles, we move the furniture to shelter.” These few words gave birth to the Stère bench, Fabien Petiot’s first collaboration with Maison Pierre Frey and the first piece of in-outdoor furniture from the furniture publisher. The silhouette of Stère is pure, playful, simple yet sophisticated. Four wooden cylinders support a soft and welcoming seat, upholstered in velvet or indoor-outdoor linen. Sculptural and organic, the Stère bench is nonetheless light and functional, and can be placed and moved indoors or outdoors. Throughout the creation process, Fabien Petiot was accompanied by Pierre Frey’s design office. He drew on the know-how of the carpenters, varnishers, seamstresses and upholsterers in the production workshop to design a bench made of oiled iroko wood, comfortably covered with foam designed for the outdoors, and upholstered in outdoor velvet from Hyères or in Arles linen matting, whose fibre is naturally rot-proof. The first piece of in-outdoor furniture from Pierre Frey, the Stère bench. 

 

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