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Savoir faire18/04/2019

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Let’s discover the history of 47, an emblematic place for Pierre Frey who, after starting out on rue des Jeûneurs, moved to 47, rue des Petits champs in 1937 and never moved again.

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Giovanni Battista Lulli

The adjoining buildings at 45 and 47 rue des Petits Champs were built between 1671 and 1682 on behalf of Giovanni Battista Lulli, superintendent of royal music. Built by the king’s architect, Daniel Gittard, a student of Louis Le Vau. These two buildings are located near the Louvre and the Palais-Royal where the Royal Academy of Music is located.

It first served Lulli as his main residence. Looking up, we can still note some decorative elements of the façade that remind us of the activity of its illustrious owner.

Lulli rented it for 1600 French Pounds a year. An adviser to the king in parliament, the Baroness of Thoré and even the Marquise de Saint-Germain Beaupré, reportedly resided there.

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The façade is characteristic of the most beautiful classical architectures of the 17th century. Made of ashlar, it extends over five visible levels and the last one slightly recessed. The first level consists of a trompe l’oeil of stonework, a reminder of the first level of Lulli’s main residence and the most beautiful Florentine palaces of the Quattrocento. This practice was common in the 17th century. The false joints were painted in a slightly darker colour to give rhythm to the facade and imitate the elegance of the ashlar. The axial symmetry is marked by a carriage gate topped by an arched keyway. Originally, this door gave access to an inner courtyard that has now disappeared.

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French classicism

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At that time, architecture was more than a housing project, it had to serve the glory of France like all the Arts. Daniel Gittard returns to the ancient aesthetic and creates a regular facade that brings balance. The upper levels have smooth dressed stone walls, marked by straight lines that give it a beautiful sobriety. The noble floors are pierced with large openings that allow ample light to penetrate. The work on the railings is a fine example of the art of ironwork of the time.

The staircase

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Let’s push open the carriage door of this building to discover the history of this place which has never stopped reinventing itself as the House has evolved. Pierre Frey first occupied the first floor before gradually becoming the owner of the entire building. The spaces were used for different purposes: showroom, offices, accessory shops on the ground floor and now become the House’s headquarters.

The wooden staircase has survived the vicissitudes of time. Rising to the left in the old courtyard, it serves all the floors. The wrought iron railing has a simple and elegant design. Each level is composed of a floor in terracotta tiles with a geometric pattern.

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Number 47 is more than an address, it is part of our identity!

Pierre Frey stages the Christie’s “Collector” sale

Savoir faire03/04/2019

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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.

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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.

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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!

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All the elements are combined to offer an astonishing staging, an extraordinary setting for a prestigious auction.

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La Maison Pierre Frey & ARCO Madrid

Savoir faire26/03/2019

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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.

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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.

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Showrooms, 2019 Decors

Savoir faire22/02/2019

 

_AET7307Roman 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. 

 

_AET7290Charles sofa in Viggo, curtains in the new Pierre Frey embroideries  “Wokabi”
 _AET7297Axel armchair in Esteban, curtains in the new Pierre Frey print “Pachira”
 
_AET7302 Alfred sofa in Marin, curtains in the new print “Pachira”, cushions in the new wool  “Mombasa”
 
_AET7342Blandine armchair in Shabby, new Pierre Frey wallpaper “Vahiné” 
 
_AET7327Aristide sofa in Yeti, curtains in the new embroideries “Wokabi”
 
 
 
 
 
_AET7330 Boussac decor
 
_AET7338Sofa in Yeti, cushion in the new Boussac weaving”Woodstock”, new “Fever” rug from Boussac
 
_AET7333Tokyo sofa in Judith, new Boussac rug “Fever”, cushions in the new Boussac “Marin” (velvet) and “Woodstock”
 
_AET7319Faust armchair in Fine velvet, curtains in the new Boussac printed linen “Fever”

 

 

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 Stockholm sofa in Scarlette, new Pierre Frey wallpaper “Ayo”_AET7374
cushion in “Yeti”
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Roseline sofa in the velvet Opera, cushion in the new Boussac printed linen “Tempo” and the new velvet “Baltazar” from Pierre Frey

 

 

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Decors by Christèle Ageorges for Boussac and Véronique Villaret for Pierre Frey

Custom-made rugs for the 9Confidential Hotel by Starck

Savoir faire18/02/2019

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Rugs and carpets realized by Maison Pierre Frey -  copyright and original creation Philippe Starck – for the 9Confidentiel hotel / image ©Philippe Garcia

Pierre Frey launches a new Furniture Collection

Savoir faire29/01/2019

 PF_CANAPE_SOFA_FAUTEUIL_ARMCHAIR_ARISTIDE_BOLD_V“Aristide” sofa and armchair, upholstered with “Bold” velvet 
 

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.

 

PF_CANAPE_SOFA_ALFRED_MARIN“Alfred” sofa upholstered with Boussac “Marin” wool velvet
 
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“Faust” armchair upholstered with Pierre Frey “Fine” velvet
 
 
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“Gregoire” bench upholstered with Pierre Frey “Alisea” 
 
PF_CHAUFFEUSE_SLIPPER CHAIR_TINA 813_MEDIUM VIGGO“Tina” heated chairs upholstered with Pierre Frey “Medium” and “Viggo” velvets
 
 
PF_CANAPE BANQUETTE_ARMLESS SOFA_STOCKHOLM 912_SCARLETTE“Stockholm” armless sofa in Pierre Frey “Scarlette”wool
 
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“Flore” armchair in Pierre Frey “Loggia”
 
 
PF_CANAPE_SOFA_ROMAN 2P_TEDDY“Roman” sofa upholstered with Pierre Frey “Teddy” mohair velvet
 
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“Adrien” convertible sofa upholstered with Pierre Frey “Artigny”
 
 
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“Rebecca” sofa upholstered with Pierre Frey “Duke” velvet
 
PF_FAUTEUIL_ARMCHAIR_AXEL_GASPARD_ESTEBAN“Axel” cane chairs upholstered with the rustic Pierre Frey weaving “Esteban”
 
PF_CANAPE_SOFA_BUENOS AIRES 803_TEDDY“Buenos Aires” sofa upholstered with Pierre Frey mohair velvet “Teddy”
 
PF_BERGERE_FAUTEUIL_TABOURET_BELLECOUR 3300 2300 5320_ARSENE“Bellecour” armchairs and stool upholstered with Pierre Frey linen “Arsène”
 
 
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“Knowles” sofa detail in Pierre Frey “Georges” velvet
CANAPE_SOFA_CHARLES 875_VIGGO_2P_1“Charles” cane sofa upholstered with Pierre Frey velvet “Viggo”
 
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“Agathe” headbed upholstered with Pierre Frey print “Les Rocheuses”
2CANAPE BANQUETTE_ARMLESS SOFA_TOKYO 481_JUDITH_4P_2“Tokyo” sofa upholstered with Pierre Frey wool “Judith”
 
 
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FAUTEUIL_ARMCHAIR_BUENOS AIRES 803_TEDDY_2“Buenos Aires”  armchair upholstered with Pierre Frey velvet “Viggo”
 
 
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“Emilie” stool bar upholstered with Pierre Frey outdoor “Honolulu”
 
 
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“Heloise” chairs upholstered with Braquenié “Okinawa”
 

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“Victor” sofa upholstered with Pierre Frey “Candice”
 
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“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

Backstage of the making of the Oversized Chair for PARIS DECO OFF 2019

Savoir faire21/01/2019

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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 !

 

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Trend 2018 : The Ultra-Violet and its History / The Archives’s Gazette

Savoir faire19/12/2018

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 …

Read The Archives’s Gazette 
The Ultra-Violet :

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O.Joannen, Pierre Frey’s master weaver honored Knight of the Arts and Letters

Savoir faire19/11/2018

Pierre Frey’s Master weaver Olivier Joannen honored Knight of the Arts and Letters

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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All Nominees to the Knights of Arts and Letters and Franck Riester, Minister of Culture - ©Julio Piatti

 

Le Conti Restaurant

Savoir faire20/10/2018

A unique carpet adapted from the famous Braquenié embroidery “Le Rocher” for Le Conti Restaurant in Paris

Located between Etoile and Trocadéro, Le Conti restaurant was already a must adress for the amateurs of Italian gastronomy and  admirers of the wooden luxurious ancient Venetian theaters. The place has made a new skin this year by addressing young French-Lebanon interior architect Bilal Deshayes.

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 After starting his career with Laura Gonzalez, famous figure of the current Parisian decoration world, Bilal opens his studio in 2016 and successfully achieves several interiors of Parisian restaurants, all accomplished with the same care on crafts details and a taste for classicism, respectful of History, elegant and timeless.

The Le Conti restaurant is the same. Bilal Deshayes has respect the original identity of the warm and intimate place which, according to him, “already owned a true soul“.

 

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Faithful to this spirit and to the desire of refreshing the place without distorting it, the decorator sought to highlight the classicism of the restaurant by assembling more neutral contemporary elements to traditional ones. The woods are lacquered in black, walls are painted with an emperor red and, true signature, the decorator calls on La Maison Pierre Frey for the design of a made-to-measure carpet covering the entire floor of the place.

 

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Thanks to the advices of La Maison Pierre Frey’s experts, the iconic Braquenié embroidery “Le Rocher” has been chosen for being transposed in the carpet’s pattern. The result is splendid and testifies the talent of Pierre Frey’s carpet design Studio to transpose drawings and techniques in convincing pieces.

 

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Pierre Frey stages the Christie’s “Collector” sale


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La Maison Pierre Frey & ARCO Madrid


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