"We find our inspiration while traveling, for this line, it is in Paris that we found it."
Giorgia Zanellato and Daniele Bortotto collaborate once again with Pierre Frey to create the Adrienne line with its enveloping curves and elegant simplicity. The Adrienne bridge pays tribute to the history of the Parisian cultural scene in the early 1900s and more precisely to the famous French bookseller Adrienne Monnier.
"Emiliana Gonzalez and Jessie Young embody a unique and ever evolving practice that is evident in their femenine lines and sculptural shapes."
Who are Estudio Persona? What did they design for Pierre Frey?
Created in 2015, Estudio Persona is the result of a collaborative work between Emiliana Gonzalez and Jessie Young. Their unconventional designs follow strong lines combined with a distinctly neutral and minimal approach. Fascinated by traditional craftsmanship, they work with natural materials and embody a unique and ever evolving practice that is evident in their feminine lines and sculptural shapes.
They designed the RUBAN line for Pierre Frey to pay homage to this narrow strip of fabric ornamentation. A single line, with a strong yet subtle presence, outlines the contours of the seats. Entirely upholstered, the pieces impose themselves by their very graphic aesthetic.
The ANNIVERSAIRE 1823 – 2023 collection includes 8 panoramic designs, comprising of 1 to 3 drops and can repeat infinitely in width or placed side by side.
The wallpapers from the collection, chosen from our most beautiful archives, are treated in various scales, techniques and printing supports, from panoramic to narrow width rolls.
The walls are adorned with panels, inspired by the most beautiful voiles de Gênes or Indian palempores. They are either printed on non-woven fabric, or woven or embroidered and then laminated.
The refinement of the most precious archives is delicately restored by traditional hand screen printing. The most colorful references are printed digitally on silk or cotton, in a search for a balance between fantasy and historical authenticity.
Throughout its history, Paris has been a land of welcome and creation for artists: first in the Louvre under the rule of the kings of France from François I to Louis XIV, then in the heart of private mansions.
At the end of the 19th century, the capital attracted many artists from Toulouse-Lautrec to Picasso, making the city a center of art with international influence. Whether it is a setting for daily life, a symbol of power or a place of architectural expression, Paris, in its multiplicity, constitutes a protean source of inspiration for creators. Throughout the ages, they have portrayed it in different ways: from a bird’s eye view, in an anecdotal way or simply to celebrate its architecture and its emblematic places.
Pierre Frey's bespoke carpet department draws on the fabrics and wallpapers for which Pierre Frey, Braquenié and Le Manach are renowned, to create a unique collection of printed carpets.
Ken Fulk is an American designer renowned for his opulent, layered interiors and over-the-top events. Whatever the project is, the result is always a combination of fantasy and elegance. Like a magician, he pushes the boundaries of possibility, making every dream come true.
Here in answer to our questions he shares a bit about himself and his sources of inspiration.
Gabrielle Rul is a 27-year-old model and multi-plastician who graduated from the Studio Berçot fashion design school. Rather than clothes, which she perceives as camouflage, it is the personality of people expressed through their looks that fascinates her. So it was faces and eyes that Gabrielle began to draw during the long hours she spent waiting for castings.
With a light and continuous line, often black and white, sometimes sprinkled with a touch of colour, she caresses the white paper of the cyclo backgrounds with a pure and spontaneous line, to express in Indian ink, pastel or watercolour, her own stories that everyone can appropriate.
Her work is inspired by life’s events, situations and encounters, mixed with her childhood memories. Influenced by a Vietnamese grandmother, agile with her hands and very creative, Gabrielle trusts her instinct and her experience to give free rein to her imagination.
At the request of the Pierre Frey design studio, the artist and draughtsman Louis Barthélemy has imagined a genuine contemporary fresco celebrating the Nile and the abundant life that exists along the river.
Dividing his time between Cairo and Paris, this un conditional lover of Egypt shares with us his inspirations and his creative process.
"Design is a process by which anything can be made beautiful, useful, meaningful, appropriate or simply fun to use."
Who is Sebastian Bergne? What did he design for Pierre Frey?
Graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1990, the British designer Sebastian Bergne founded his design studio in the same time. Versatile, he is an industrial design consultant, editor, designer and supplier of custom-made objects.
His creations are easily identifiable in their functional evidence and their worked simplicity. Recognized throughout the world, his work has been awarded numerous international design prizes and his creations are exhibited in museums such as the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Design Museum in London.
He designed the KISS line for Pierre Frey, with compact and carefully proportioned volumes that question the traditional seating and challenge the relationship to the object.
Artisan creator of made-to-order fabrics and wallpapers
Originally founded by Bernard Thorp in 1971, the London-based company quickly established itself as an expert in traditional hand screen-printing.
Highly passionate and strengthened by his extended experience at Warner Textiles, Bernard Thorp is an avant-garde creative. He has created a unique concept that sets him apart from all other editors by offering his clients a hand-crafted, made-to-order service. He targets a discerning international clientele of aesthetes and connoisseurs in search of authentic exclusive luxury.
"I like to question the relationship between the past and the present."
Who is Sam Baron? What did he design for Pierre Frey?
Designer and artistic director of the furniture department at Pierre Frey since 2020, Sam Baron is very attached to the heritage of the Decorative Arts. He positions his vision in our daily life and its contemporaneity through the re-reading and reinterpretation of artisanal or industrial know-how.
He has developed the Majordome line for Pierre Frey, inspired by the 1930s and the French decorative spirit, in a modern reinterpretation of the boudoir salon in homage to Madeleine Castaing, an antiquarian and decorator of the 20th century.
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.
"I love textiles and presenting Pierre Frey's fabrics on a functional and contemporary product was very interesting."
Who is Gonçalo Campos? What did he design for Pierre Frey?
Curious by nature, Gonçalo Campos likes to understand how things are made and the ingenuity of the people behind each project. Known for his blend of humor and pragmatism, he designed the Void armchair and the Anne bridge for Pierre Frey's Signature collection, two pieces of furniture that are as comfortable as they are unique and unexpected.
Passionate about design, Vincent Dupont-Rougier began working as a self-taught designer before joining the post-graduate program of the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris.
Both curious about heritage and resolutely turned towards the avant-garde, he has an acute interest in the notion of narrative and materials in his projects.
From 2000 to 2001 he was a resident at the French Academy in Rome, at the Villa Medici. In 2015, he received the prestigious distinction of Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
The HILT furniture line he designed for Pierre Frey is developed around legs carved from solid oak pieces. These wooden spurs, just squared, are thought as two solid supports that accompany the user in his movement. They also echo the stylized hieraticism of Art Deco furniture and architecture. The sculptural appearance of the base is reflected in the faceted volumes and the rigidity of the outer lines contrasts with a soft comfort.
An editor’s role
By reinterpreting its role of editor-manufacturer, Pierre Frey has invited several designers to create new collections, whose functional, design and modular lines respond to new lifestyles. The work is collaborative from the first drawing to the final piece, with a common ambition: to create, innovate and surprise. The invited talents bring their visions, ideas and styles; Pierre Frey directs their creativity towards its collections.
Guest talents: 3 major collections
am Baron, Constance Guisset, Guillaume Delvigne, Christophe Delcourt, David&Nicolas, Daniel Rous, Zanellato Bortotto and many other designers organize and structure their designs to compose three major collections that reflect the values of Pierre Frey.
"Yves Klein transcended traditional artistic practice. His works plunge the viewer into a contemplative state where the color ultramarine blue becomes pure sensitivity."
The Yves Klein Archives and Pierre Frey have joined forces to create panoramic wallpapers and rugs whose dimensions respect the spirit of his genius.
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the artist's death, they would like to celebrate his memory and his work by sharing them with as many people as possible in an original way.
The painter and sculpter Heather Chontos works impulsively and spontaneously. Her movements are powerful. Her graphic compositions combine dynamism, intense colors and organic forms. She feels the world with strength and devotes an unconditional love to light.
To paint, the artist turns objects away from their original use and applies paint with old credit cards, pieces of broken glass or simply draws and scratches the surface of the canvas with the paint tube itself. These materials allow her to draw long penetrating lines as well as large fields of saturated color. She applies her paint to thick, vintage canvases, which she particularly appreciates for their touch and material effect.
PIERRE FREY CELEBRATES THE ORIGINAL TALENT OF ELISE DJO-BOURGEOIS.
The 1920s were marked by the emancipation of women. They became explorers, patrons of the arts and many of them finally dared to define themselves as artists such as Sonia Delaunay or Tamara de Lempicka. Elise Djo-Bourgeois is one of them.
DJO-BOURGEOIS : ELISE & GEORGES, AN INDIVISIBLE COUPLE
Behind this name hides a couple: Georges and Elise. Like many artists of the time, they created as a duo after their marriage in 1925. The first worked on space and imagined furniture that the second dressed.
The NATALIE line designed by the duo Giorgia Zanellato and Daniele Bortotto for Maison Pierre Frey, extends to reveal, in addition to the sofa, an armchair as well as a coffee table with generous curves and a pure designed structure.
ILES ENCHANTEES collection is a beautiful escape to the shores of the Pacific whose islands fill our imagination. The mere mention of them brings up heavenly images: being rocked by the movement of the waves, diving into the crystal-clear waters of a lagoon, enjoying the scent of flowers or contemplating the horizon in the shade of coconut trees.
This collection invites us to escape to a sweet of life where the wild and generous nature awakens the senses. The plant and mineral patter ns are declined in natural and ochre tones that connect us to the earth, to the mother-of-pearl of the shells, but also to the straw of the houses.
The designs, undulating to the rhythm of traditional songs and dances, reflect the blue and green colors of the infinite lagoons. The golden heat of the sun’s rays illuminate and sublimate the exotic designs. Open to the outside, the house becomes a landscape.
" I don't have a favorite material or piece of furniture, but I do attach great importance to the surprise effect."
Who is Constance Guisset? What did she design for Pierre Frey?
Specialized in design, interior architecture and scenography, Constance Guisset tirelessly seeks a balance between the embodiment of movement, delicacy and imagination while defending a demand for quality, comfort and the welcoming of bodies and their gestures.
For her first furniture collection with Pierre Frey, she was inspired by geology and Icelandic basaltic organs by proposing a modular set designed as landscapes: large islands of seats with generous shapes that can evolve over time by adapting to the space and needs of each moment.
On the occasion of the bicentenary of the deciphering of the hieroglyphs by Champollion (1822), the father of Egyptology and founder of the Egyptian Antiquities Department of the Louvre Museum (1827), Pierre Frey is unveiling "Wonders of Egypt", a new collection of fabrics, wallpapers and carpets, full of colour and rich in motifs. Among these new items, eight references are the result of a completely new collaboration with the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Château de Louÿe
Acquired in 1770 by Monsieur d’Arjuzon, the château de Louÿe still proudly dominates the valley of the Eure. It is sometimes said that the walls have ears. Without a doubt, they have a memory. Just push the door of the hallway to feel immediately that the Château de Louÿe has a soul, a heart that beats in tune with its current owners, Jean-Ghislain and Eléonore Lepic.
Proud and aware of this heritage, they wish to bring it fully into the 21st century, while restoring it according to the rules of traditional know-how. It is easy to find a happy correspondence between this embodied residence and the Maison Braquenié which, on the eve of celebrating its 200th anniversary, has never been so alive.
Quilted fabrics and boutis instinctively evoke Provence where women of yesteryear walked around in quilted petticoats and colorful caracos. Today, this heritage still contributes to the identity of Provence. There is not a village without a store where you can find these marvels.
The collections Eternel été and Joie de vivre revisit this tradition. Offering the opportunity to discover the secrets of this delicate needlework through the Maison's heritage collection.
"I like long-lasting things and the elements of conviviality."
Who is Christophe Delcourt? What did he design for Pierre Frey?
Self-taught, Christophe Delcourt defines himself as a craftsman. He designs each of his creations by adapting his work to the know-how of the workshop that will produce it, integrating technical constraints and enhancing the gestures.
The Virgule line is a set of modular furniture: assembled or detached, the pieces punctuate the space according to your desires. The comma-shaped cut-out of the seat, a link between all the furniture, contrasts with the classic and taut lines of the exterior to adapt to all morphologies and all ways of sitting.
"I particularly appreciate the work of craftsmen and am very curious to discover and understand their manufacturing techniques."
Who is Daniel Rous? What did he design for Pierre Frey?
A graduate of the Bath School of Art & Design, Daniel Rous developed a concept of side and coffee tables for Maison Pierre Frey, inspired by the furniture found in churches and particularly by the altar, the central piece around which communities gather.
Founder and creator of the Sequana collection, Mary Shaw describes it through 5 adjectives linked to its origins: unexpected, unique, authentic, timeless and very colorful. She goes into detail about her inspirations and the spirit of the materials and colors she has inspired.
Guillaume Delvigne is a drawer. His work, of great sensitivity, is influenced by photography, architecture and more generally, by everything that is visual. He seeks the perfect balance, his style is soft and pure while being extremely rigorous, his sense of detail very marked.
His LITHO furniture line, designed for Pierre Frey, evokes a primitive landscape where each piece has its own personality and resonates with each other. The range continues to expand today, giving birth to large, massive, sculpted forms with a polished, almost mineral appearance.
"I like to think of myself as a storyteller"
Who is Fabien Petiot (Beau Travail)? What did he design for Pierre Frey?
As a true polymath, French designer Fabien Petiot (b. 1979), enjoys experimenting in many fields. He revels in combining craftsmanship and design, art and writing, a creative balance created by embracing all these disciplines. Drawing from his background in art history and industrial design, Fabien created his own approach, generous and contrasting the usual disciplines he found to be too tight. His work is demanded by renowned interior designers and collectors, captivated by this synergy between high-quality craftsmanship, unexpected materials, and the knowledge of an accomplished designer.
He founded the studio Beau Travail agency in 2020 in the Netherlands, as an extension of his Parisian studio launched in 2013. Beau travail allows him the freedom to explore his craft through designs that are simultaneously sophisticated and playful, and across all mediums: from objects, lighting and limited-edition furniture, to art books, drawings and prints.
For Pierre Frey, Fabien Petiot imagined the STERE bench : a movable object with organic shapes, composed of four wooden cylinders, an invitation to relax and share.