For its next sale “The Collector: English & European 18th & 19th Century Furniture, Ceramics, Silver & Works”, which takes place in New York on April 9, 2019, Christie’s asks Pierre Frey to imagine a staging highlighting the furniture and objects of the sale, by associating it with the latest collections of fabrics and wallpapers from the Maison whose name it bears.
Pierre Frey, loves eclecticism. Mixing styles and periods, creating a subtle mix and match, not focusing on perfection, give, according to him, more strength and character to an interior. He proposes to combine fabrics and wallpapers from 18th century archival documents with contemporary motifs inspired by travel and to mix velvet and printed fabrics, weaves and multicolored embroideries.
To express his way of seeing the decoration and recreate the atmosphere of a real interior, Pierre Frey chooses from among the many majestic pieces offered for sale and sets his heart on classic silverware cutlery, which he can use with his contemporary dishes, a particularly unexpected flamingo that should please his children, mirrors, of which he is very fond, large antique carpets that always have a lot of effect and marble busts, pieces for which he could start a collection!
All the elements are combined to offer an astonishing staging, an extraordinary setting for a prestigious auction.
The Arty wallpaper from the Maison Pierre Frey was chosen by the Spanish interior design office, L.A. Studio Interiorismo, to line the walls of the presentation room of the International Contemporary Art Fair, ARCO Madrid.
L.A. Studio is specialized in the decoration of ephemeral places and in the search for unique pieces to stage the exclusive objects and furniture selected for ARCO. L.A. Studio was inspired by the bright and intense traditional colors of Peru, the country of honor of the fair.
Pierre Frey’s Arty wallpaper evokes a giant and abstract work of art composed of multicolored paint touches that reveal the original canvas in places. It is an ideal preamble before access to the 200 international art galleries exhibiting this year.
Roman sofa in Teddy, curtains in the new print “Obsidienne”
The new decors of Pierre Frey’s showrooms embody the 2019 collections of fabrics, wallpapers, rugs, carpets and furniture of the House.
Charles sofa in Viggo, curtains in the new Pierre Frey embroideries “Wokabi” Axel armchair in Esteban, curtains in the new Pierre Frey print “Pachira” Alfred sofa in Marin, curtains in the new print “Pachira”, cushions in the new wool “Mombasa” Blandine armchair in Shabby, new Pierre Frey wallpaper “Vahiné” Aristide sofa in Yeti, curtains in the new embroideries “Wokabi” Boussac decor Sofa in Yeti, cushion in the new Boussac weaving”Woodstock”, new “Fever” rug from Boussac Tokyo sofa in Judith, new Boussac rug “Fever”, cushions in the new Boussac “Marin” (velvet) and “Woodstock” Faust armchair in Fine velvet, curtains in the new Boussac printed linen “Fever”
The furniture showroom of Pierre Frey Stockholm sofa in Scarlette, new Pierre Frey wallpaper “Ayo” cushion in “Yeti” cushion in Yeti wool and new velvet Marin cushion in the new velvet “Baltazar” Roseline sofa in the velvet Opera, cushion in the new Boussac printed linen “Tempo” and the new velvet “Baltazar” from Pierre Frey
images Anne-Emmanuelle Thion
Decors by Christèle Ageorges for Boussac and Véronique Villaret for Pierre Frey
Designed by STARCK, the 9Confidentiel hotel in Paris just opened its doors. The realization of the rugs and carpets has been given to the Maison Pierre Frey.
Composed of drawings from the 40′s given by Philippe Starck (S+), the rugs and carpets of the 9Confidentiel are a strong signature to the hotel’s identity.
In the bedrooms, each rug has a large drawing hand tufted in wool 100%. Every composition is unique with a placed pattern, making each room single. A true freedom comes out of the associations of geometric shapes and figurative elements with a sharp line, contrasted.
The corridors, lobbys and elevator have Axminster rugs. They represent the infinite repetition of an arabesque pattern which thus appears almost as the hotel’s emblem. The loops with a shaded outline on a textured background run in the hotel like a banner of passementrie.the floor corridor
With the 9Confidentiel hotel, Pierre Frey’s Creative Studio of rugs & carpets testifies its expertise in the realization of custom-made projects, here true to the original concept of Philippe Starck. Exceptional creations for a fantastic and spectacular hotel.
Rugs and carpets realized by Maison Pierre Frey - copyright and original creation Philippe Starck – for the 9Confidentiel hotel / image ©Philippe Garcia
In this early 2019, Maison Pierre Frey unveils its new furniture collection.
An ambitious project, the result of more than a year’s work after the takeover of one of the French oldest furniture manufacturers located in Villers-Cotterêts in the upper reaches of France.
Maison Pierre Frey has taken care to offer an artistic line that reflects the image of its other professions: demanding, based on traditional know-how, worked with high-quality materials and faithful to its eclectic identity. The furniture collection thus presents more than 200 models produced mostly in France, from the classic to the most contemporary style, to which is added a custom-made design offer.The special attention paid to tapestry highlights the House’s unique textile expertise, which makes these pieces the true ambassadors of its creations.
The Maison Pierre Frey reconnects with its filiation to René Prou, interior architect and product designer. As a central figure in the Art Deco movement, René Prou bears witness to a rich and renowned work, from the interiors of the Orient Express to his many furniture collections with their distinctive, elegant and refined style.
“Alfred” sofa upholstered with Boussac “Marin” wool velvet “Faust” armchair upholstered with Pierre Frey “Fine” velvet “Gregoire” bench upholstered with Pierre Frey “Alisea” “Tina” heated chairs upholstered with Pierre Frey “Medium” and “Viggo” velvets “Stockholm” armless sofa in Pierre Frey “Scarlette”wool “Flore” armchair in Pierre Frey “Loggia” “Roman” sofa upholstered with Pierre Frey “Teddy” mohair velvet “Adrien” convertible sofa upholstered with Pierre Frey “Artigny” “Rebecca” sofa upholstered with Pierre Frey “Duke” velvet “Axel” cane chairs upholstered with the rustic Pierre Frey weaving “Esteban” “Buenos Aires” sofa upholstered with Pierre Frey mohair velvet “Teddy” “Bellecour” armchairs and stool upholstered with Pierre Frey linen “Arsène” “Knowles” sofa detail in Pierre Frey “Georges” velvet “Charles” cane sofa upholstered with Pierre Frey velvet “Viggo” Drawings from the archives of Villers-Cotterêts workshops “Agathe” headbed upholstered with Pierre Frey print “Les Rocheuses” “Tokyo” sofa upholstered with Pierre Frey wool “Judith” the furniture workshops at Villers-Cotterêts “Buenos Aires” armchair upholstered with Pierre Frey velvet “Viggo” “Emilie” stool bar upholstered with Pierre Frey outdoor “Honolulu” “Heloise” chairs upholstered with Braquenié “Okinawa”
Furniture workshop at Villers-Cotterêts“Victor” sofa upholstered with Pierre Frey “Candice” “Colombie” armchair upholstered with Le Manach Toile de Tours “Api”. Design adapted from the original René Prou’s
Images from the furniture shooting ©Philippe Garcia for Maison Pierre Frey
For the 10th edition of PARIS DECO OFF, several oversized furniture have been realized and upholstered with outdoor fabrics.
THE OVERSIZED CHAIR has been realized by the furniture ateliers of La Maison Pierre Frey. It is the enlargement of a design from the new 2019 collections.
It represents between 80 to 100 hours of production for 2 to 4 craftsmen + 8 to 10 hours for 2 craftsmen to make the technical drawings !
The year 2018 sacred of Ultra Violet is coming to an end. Before celebrating the Living Coral color announced by Pantone as the new 2019 major trend, let’s have a look back on this enigmatic and mesmerizing hue throughout history. Deep and changing colour, resulting from different mixtures over time, nuance both adulated and hated, the ultra-violet retains a strong identity full of eloquence and mystery …
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The Ultra-Violet :
Pierre Frey’s Master weaver Olivier Joannen honored Knight of the Arts and Letters
Thanks to the Comité Colbert, whose aim is to valorise excellent craftsmanship to give young people a will for heritage, Olivier Joannen has been honored Knight of the Arts and Letters.
To maintain inherited know-hows from the XIXth century is an evidence for the Maison Pierre Frey as its wish is to preserve the French excellence heritage. Thus, it is with great pride that it sees the exceptional work of his talented weaver honored.
Olivier Joannen started at 17 years old to learn the work of handweaver, a particularly rare craft today that he is now the only one to master at the Maison Pierre Frey. Teached by a “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” and a Master of Art, he became years after years a skilled expert in this field. He first learned how to knot different kind of yarns before mastering the use of the looms, from the simpliest which is the dobby loom that makes plain fabrics, to the most complicated which is the Jacquard loom, allowing the realization of specific patterns such as the iron velvet, the damask, lampas and the brocatelle.
It is on one of those Jacquard looms from 1850 that Olivier Joannen works, settled in the heart of Pierre Frey weaving atelier certificated Living Heritage Company/ Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant, in Montigny en Cambrésis, in France.
The work of Olivier Joannen is extremely complexe. It is not only a technical prowess but also a human adventure as the weaver involves himself physically and morally in the making of his fabrics. Like a still walker, he constantly presses on the treadles in order to raise the warp yarns and then, with his arm, places the irons and throw the shuttle with the weft yarn inside. The sumptuous fabric was slowly born from these repetitive gestures which need both strength and delicacy, requirement and patience.
Above the fabric, we see the intimate relationship that links the craftsman to his work and which makes this one unique.
Some EXTRAORDINARY statistics!
• For 1 meter of cutted velvet producted in one day, the weaver
gives 4200 treadles kicks, introduces 600 irons by hand and
1200 weft passages with the shuttle ; He gives 1800 movements with the reed, he cuts 600 times the rabot yarns and extracts the 600 irons after cut.
• 9742 warp yarns are disposed on the loom in 65 cm wide, meaning 150 warp yarns per centimeter.
• 1 week is the time needed to set up the loom for the weaver for a new weaving project with new colours.
• Olivier Joannen weaves around 200 meters of silk velvet per year with one meter a day, whereas a weaver working with industrial electronic techniques can produce until 500 meters a day by driving 10 machines simultaneously.
The Presentation of the Medals of the Order of the Knights of Arts and Letters was organized with the Comité Colbert and the Minister of Culture on November 8, 2018
All Nominees to the Knights of Arts and Letters and Franck Riester, Minister of Culture - ©Julio Piatti