A collection of fabrics, wallpapers, rugs, carpets and furniture
& An immersive virtual exhibition
Maison Pierre Frey celebrates the work of modernist couple Elise and Djo-Bourgeois
Djo-Bourgeois! A mythical name for fans of the modernist movement, which hides a couple of artists with complementary talents: Georges Djo-Bourgeois, known as Djo-Bourgeois, architect and designer with a dazzling career, and Elise, his wife, textile designer.
Like many artists of the time, they created as a duo.
The first worked on space and imagined furniture that the second dressed. As famous as Sonia Delaunay was at the time, Elise was nevertheless forgotten, probably because her career was abandoned too early: following the sudden death of her husband, she ceased all creative activity, as if she could only envisage the practice of her art as a couple.
The rediscovery in the Pierre Frey archives of a set of original drawings and printed canvases from the 1920s, signed by Elise Djo-Bourgeois, now allows her creations to be brought back to life, as they were previously known through a few black and white photos.
Pierre Frey celebrates the original talent of this duo by launching a complete range of fabrics, wallpapers, rugs and furniture, as well as a virtual and immersive exhibition dedicated to this modernist couple.
Elise uses the geometric motif as a vocabulary. Deliberately limiting herself to three or even four colours, her compositions offer an elaborate combination of circles, rectangles, triangles and broken lines. White strongly marks the relationship between form and colour. The chromatic range used by the artist is subtle and wide, from pastel tones to more contrasting colour combinations. Her work echoes the aesthetic research on the interaction of colours carried out by the Bauhaus school. Elise's original creations are all printed by hand on a wood block. This artisanal technique generates a certain irregularity in the graphic motif, thus removing any stiffness.
Georges Djo-Bourgeois, known as Djo-Bourgeois, was an architect and furniture designer. Trained at the Ecole spéciale d'architecture de Paris from which he graduated in 1922, he is known for his rigorous, minimalist style and his total commitment to modernity. Djo-Bourgeois mixed traditional materials such as wood and textiles with new materials such as glass and metal. He quickly became very successful with a clientele in search of a new aesthetic in keeping with modern life. His sudden death in 1937 ended a dazzling career.
One name, two artists!
the virtual exhibition
from 17 September to 17 December 2022
The heritage collection of the Maison Pierre Frey is a treasure trove!
Amongst the 25,000 documents that make up the collection, we find print books from the 1920s offering a panel of first-rate artists: Lalique, Prou, Burhakhalter, Pingusson and Elise Djo-Bourgeois!
The rediscovery of a set of original drawings and printed canvases signed by Elise's hand, gives rise to a virtual and immersive exhibition that brings this artist back to life and contributes to her just recognition alongside her husband.
Fabrics, wallpapers, rugs and carpets
Boldness, structure and timelessness characterise the work of the modernist textile designer Elise Djo-Bourgeois. This is also what the Pierre Frey design studio wanted to convey by re-issuing eight of her designs created between 1927 and 1932, in fabrics, wallpapers, rugs or carpets.
Some of the colours are identical to the originals, while others, with contrasting tones or soft cameos, have been imagined by Pierre Frey's colourists, while retaining the artist's soul and modernist inspiration.
Reissue of four pieces of furniture
As the Djo-Bourgeois couple have always worked together, it was an obvious choice for Maison Pierre Frey to complete the collection of fabrics, wallpapers, rugs and carpets created by his wife, by re-issuing pieces of furniture designed around 1936 by Georges Djo-Bourgeois.
A sofa, two armchairs and a side table are reproduced by the Pierre Frey design office and manufactured in the carpentry and upholstery workshops of northern France. Their models are taken from the book "Djo-Bourgeois" by Anne Bony, illustrating the work and numerous projects of the architect and decorator.
This collection combines textiles with traditional wood or innovative metal and the minimalist and rigorous style of its author.
Through this collection and this exhibition, all the professions of the Pierre Frey House, in unison, pay tribute to the boldness, structure and timelessness characteristic of the work of Elise and Djo-Bourgeois.
They highlight the contours of a French taste for the decorative arts of the modern period, still relevant almost a century later.