To celebrate its 80th anniversary, Pierre Frey has the privilege to invest the Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris. More than a retrospective, this is about celebrating the creation, cornerstone of the family house activity and to highlight which is what provides its uniqueness and singularity, the Pierre Frey eye. The common thread of this exhibition is the dialogue. Dialogue between the times, between the museum collections and with the contemporary creation.
In echo to the art pieces exhibited, three artists designed a rug, a fabric or a wallpaper that will be edited in a capsule collection.
The « MONSTER GARDEN » rug by Marcel Wanders
Born in 1963, Marcel Wanders is a prolific product and interior designer and art director, with over 1700 projects to his name for private clients and premium brands such as Alessi, Bisazza, Puma, KLM, among scores of others.
His work excites, provokes, ans polarizes, but never fails to surprise for its ingenuity, its daring and its singular quest to uplift the human spirit and entertain. Marcel’s chief concern is bringing the human touch back to design, ushering in what he calls design’s « new age », in which designer, craftsperson and user are reunited.
To reflect Pierre Frey’s textiles of the years 1980 – 1999, Marcel Wanders chose to revisit the theme of the flower, a perennial motif at Pierre Frey. In this creation, Marcel Wanders brings his personal vision by adding a friendly monster, turning the idea of the graceful and delicate flower on its head. The Monster Garden rug, with its fantasy and representations of flora and fauna, is the synthesis of the combined worlds of Pierre Frey and Marcel Wanders.
The « FLASHBALL » printed fabric by Julien Colombier
Born in 1972, Julien Colombier lives and works in Paris. This self-trained artist honed his aesthetic eye by examining printed fabrics and Art Déco style. His first works compare to those of Henri Matisse and Keith Haring due to the joyous energy they emit. Unlike the other artists, he started by blackening a sheet of paper, creating shadows from the very beginning. Then he introduced color, bringing light and radiance. His preferred subjects are nature (forests, clouds, jungles) and geometric patterns, transforming his interpretations into colored shapes, creating an imaginary yet vibrant atmosphere, nearing abstraction. The colors applied in pastel give body to the shapes. He is widely sough after and has worked with Chanel, Baccarat and Cartier.
Currently he is exploring nature in its many forms, looking at it from all angles up to the point of nearly geometric simplification. Recently, he reintroduced paint back into his oil pastel works to create relief and drip effects.
For the exhibition presented at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, he returns to the years 1935-1959 by creating a boldly colored print which reacts differently to natural and ultraviolet lights, creating different perceptions of the fabric.
The « NUBEM » panoramic by Benjamin Graindorge
Born in 1980, and graduate of the ENSCI Les Ateliers in 2006, Benjamin Graindorge is one of the faces of young talent in French design. In 2011, after an artistic residency at the Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto, his first solo exhibition was organized at the Ymer&Malta gallery in Paris, where he displayed five works based on the theme of dreams. In 2012, he was voted Young Designer of the Year at the Elle Décor International Design Awards. In 2014, he worked with WallpaperLab to create a wallpaper titled Blanc sur blanc, and this year his project Paysage Domestique was presented at the Milan Furniture Fair.
His trip to Japan was a revelation for him, exploring and discovering how modernity passes through the use and mastery of craftsmanship and artisanal techniques.
With regard to Pierre Frey’s designs from 1960 to 1979, the artist created a wallpaper that explores questions of visual perception via the pixel as a unit. In this work he rejoins the spirit of early 1970s Op Art.