La Maison Pierre Frey contributes to the exhibition “Modern Couples” at Pompidou-Metz

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28/04 – 20/08/2018 – CENTRE POMPIDOU-METZ

The Centre Pompidou-Metz launches Modern Couples, an exhibition dedicated to the historical creative duos from the beginning of the XXth century.

Through a broad mix of visual arts, architecture, design, cinema, and literature, the masterpieces from Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Charles and Ray Eames or Nelly von Moorsel and Théo van Doesburg gives an essential highlight to the evolution of societies and thoughts while unveiling unknown figures and collaborations. The exhibition explores the creative processes and artistic approaches which interact and evolve within the intimacy of a twosome to give us a broader understanding of Art History and the soul and fringes of its essential movements. The very idea of modernity, as impacted by social, artistic and technical evolutions, is reviewed here through the prism of the couple.

For that occasion, la Maison Pierre Frey has opened its rich collection of archives. We lend several pieces that belonged to Djo-Bourgeois couple to the Centre Pompidou-Metz, taken from Maison Lauer heritage that la Maison Pierre Frey acquiered in 1995.


Georges, best known as Djo Bourgeois, is an interior decorator from the 20s/30s. He becomes famous with his interiors designs of shops, apartments and villas, such as some of the rooms of the well-known Villa Noailles in Hyères, France. Elise, his wife, is a designer of textiles, wallpapers and rugs. As one of the closest contributor to Djo’s work, her geometrical patterns are without contest a characteristic touch and identify their style. Together, this french couple distinguish themselves through their visionnary and truly modern approach.

The lended pieces of la Maison Pierre Frey gives a true eloquence to their work : an old lookbook of rugs photos shows their graphic compositions in spaces; the textile samples , representing 5 of Elise Djo-Bourgeois’s drawings in several colors, bring the photographies we have from their spaces alive with strength and brilliance. Finally, la Maison Pierre Frey has edited again one of the archives, especially for the exhibition. Intitled  «djo», the fabric will be used as a separative curtain for the scenography.


(the re-edited archive for the curtain of the exhibition)

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© images credits : Médiathèque de l’architecture et du patrimoine du Ministère de la Culture diffusion RMN, Fonds Forney, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Dorothée Demey

Modern Couples, from April 28 to August 20 2018

curated by Emma Lavigne, Jane Alison, Elia Biezunski, Cloé Pitiot. In collaboration with Barbican Centre, Londres. 

Centre Pompidou-Metz, 1 Parvis des Droits de l’Homme, 57020 Metz – Galeries 2 & 3

Open from wednesday to thursday 10am – 6pm and from friday til monday 10am – 7pm. Closed on tuesday.


Savoir faire26/03/2018

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From March 29th, the young French-Colombian brand  MAISON ALMA  will present in preview the new Spring/Summer 2018 collection at the New York Bergdorf & Goodman store, for the first brick and mortar launch of Maison Alma in the US. This collection of 3 bags and 8 coats is the result of an exclusive collaboration with la Maison Pierre Frey


When the Latin American heritage of Maison Alma meets Pierre Frey’s French know-how, it gives rise to a collection of coats and bags in flying colours !

The new SS18 collection LA BOTANICA is an outerwear and bucket bag collection inspired by the diversity in colours and materials inherited by the rich aesthetic and teeming nature of the Southern countries.  Through a curated selection amongst the prints and embroideries of the editor, Maison Alma chose the most representative tropical and floral motifs of the spirit and legacy of the Latin American culture. LA BOTANICA  collection offers statements pieces for our wardrobes. By the intensity and vibrancy of its colours and patterns, it is a true invitation in a journey at the core of South America heritage and  Joie de vivre.

 Launched in 2017, MAISON ALMA draws on the decoration of Latin American traditional houses to create its collections comprised of unique pieces, handmade in Colombia with Pierre Frey fabrics.  Maison Alma blends Latin American aesthetics with French century old savoir-faire in upholstery fabric, developing a fabulous series of coats that portray the powerful connection between these two continents. By using interior design fabrics and working under very specific hand-made processes, Maison Alma only creates 10 coats by collection. This meticulous attention to each garment embodies the care Maison Alma gives to the creations. Those “garments with soul” are meant to last a lifetime. Each object of Maison Alma represents its soul: colorfully chic, joyful and unexpected.

“In the purest French tradition, La Maison Pierre Frey combines an inventive and deeply eclectic studio to master designers, weavers, printers and embroiderers. They are renown for their masterful and bold combinations of materials, motifs and colours”



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Eight printed or embroidered fabrics, including three novelties: Bonsaï, Garden Party and Papiers Découpés, have been selected to create the eight coats and three bags of the Maison Alma x Pierre Frey collection.

Bergdorf & Goodman  - 754 5th Ave - New York, NY 10019 – USA

The coats and bags will be soon available on

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Concini : the video of an exceptional warp print on silk

Savoir faire16/03/2018

Concini silk fabric revives traditional printing techniques that have become extremely rare, but with impressive results and incomparable quality.

We invite you to discover those precious steps inside our Swiss and French factories where talented craftsmen preserve and accomplish this unique know-how under our eyes. 

Concini : a unique and meticulous weaving process

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Concini, an exceptional silk fabric

        La Maison Pierre Frey continues to honor the unique know-how of craftsmen and the richesness of the fabrics left by Le Manach house. Inspired from its original 17th century archive, Concini is an emblematic drawing taken from the heritage collection of Le Manach. A true aesthete, Pierre Frey reproduces the same ancestral gesture, selects the best experts to revive an edition of this exceptional warp print, reproducing its subtle patterns and colours to the “blurred” effect that is so characteristic.





The beauty of this very refined fabric needs a patient and precise fabrication process. In several steps, the 10 000 silky yarns of the fabric’s warp are first printed before being woven in a second time. 46 meters of the final fabric represents approximatly 140 hours work.

Those requirements are essential to create this incomparable subtlety that cannot be achieved with modern methods. Conceived by excellent manufacturers in Zurich and Lyon, Concini is a true jewel of textile crafts. 

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 Watch the video of Concini weaving process step by step :

You can also read our illustrated and detailed brochure :



Savoir faire16/02/2018

Following the release of Le Manach new wallpaper collection Heritage, our historian Sophie Rouart reveals us everything about this great classic that adorns our walls… From its origins to its techniques, uses, and the principal patterns : Read this new Issue of The Archive Gazette focused on “Classic Wallpapers, revisited”.




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Approached by the parisian design company La Chance, La Maison Pierre Frey took part to the creation of a limited serie of six numbered chairs Ronin, designed by Emil Lagoni and Werner Valbak. Using the iconic patterns of the House mixed with precious marbles, this edition plays subtly with the materials and offers refined colors. At the crossroads of know-how between tradition and innovation , La Chance x Pierre Frey is a surprising and successful collaboration.



La Chance is a Paris based design company producing furniture, lighting, accessories, rugs and wallpaper with a strong and distinctive style. La Chance gives a contemporary interpretation of the ornamental and decorative French furniture tradition rooted in the Art Deco period. The creations of La Chance share a sophisticated, rich and singular design based on noble materials. It is a come back to a warm and uninhibited luxury, breaking away from cold and conceptual design.
Frederik Werner and Emil Lagoni Valbak met at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts where they graduated in 2013. Frederik and Emil belong to the new generation of Danish design but follow the tradition of a natural and pure Nordic design.


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Enter into Le Manach factory and watch the making of the wallpapers from new 2018 collection “Heritage” …

Each Le Manach wallpaper is printed by hand with the traditional technique of the flat frame. Used since 1870, this method replaces the wooden block printing. Each color corresponds to a frame. Used like a stencil, the craftsmen position the frame according to reference marks. The paint is drawn accross the screen inside the frame to apply the colour to the paper. The process is repeated for each color on the design, giving an exceptionally crisp and clean aspect. With Héritage, Pierre Frey revives the French wallpaper craft and contribute to preserve this unique and exceptionnal know-how.

And to read more about 2018 “Héritage ” collection from Le Manach, go here.

Pierre Frey acquires Rosello

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Pierre Frey acquires Rosello
Furniture manufacturer 100% Made in France

Devoted to offer its customers a warm and elegant decoration concept, Maison Pierre Frey has been developing its furniture offering since 1990, particularly with its range of seats designed by Yves Halard and Schwartz. From then on, chairs, armchairs and sofas have become real “ambassadors” of the Maison’s historical textile creations.


Aware of the rise of decoration projects with special orders for “made-to-measure” furniture unique or inspired by models in the collections, Maison Pierre Frey now looks to extend its offer and services, accompanied by experts guaranteeing the best know-how. January 2018 marks the acquisition of  Rosello, located in Villers-Cotterêts in the Hauts de France region.

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Founded in 1928 by François, Floréal and more recently led by Dominique and Florent Rosello succeeded after 3 generations in the company manufacturing seats and furniture 100% made in France from noble woods of the region: beech, oak and ash.

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The many values shared and a common story convinced the Frey family to embark on this legitimate but new adventure: a family history that spans generations, a strong culture of decoration and a devotion to uncompromising quality.


Working with architects, decorators and designers, Rosello has met the requirements of many prestigious projects: the Peninsula hotel in Paris, Le Meurice, Le Royal Monceau, several Alain Ducasse establishments and has worked with recognized professionals such as Jean Philippe Nuel, Philippe Starck …




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Created in 1829, Le Manach has always cultivated an unconditional love for traditional refinement and French craftsmanship. This house has a unique heritage, reproducing textile archives, the oldest of which date back to the Renaissance. Le Manach was acquired by Pierre Frey in 2014 with the aim of preserving its historical wealth, to develop French fabrics and as of recent, wallpapers. The rich heritage of Le Manach textiles is a treasure that some will recognize with deep emotion. Others will be charmed by the fine and delicate reinterpretations of Le Manach fabric designs, great examples from the golden age of the house.

This first collection of Le Manach wallpapers thus lays the foundation for future collections, which will always remain true to tradition, history, excellence, know-how and unites all the aesthetes. 14 patterns rendered in 54 refined and subtle color tones. For these noble designs, it is imperative that the choice of technique be on a par with the aesthetic quality of the 18th century French patterns. Hand screen printing was the obvious choice.

Used since 1970 for exclusive wallpapers, this artisanal process replaces the traditional wooden block printing. Each design is broken down into a number of colors, each corresponding to a screen that is used like a stencil. The craftsmen position the frame according to reference marks. The paint is drawn across the screen inside the frame to apply the colour to the paper. Printing is executed “wet on dry” involving a long drying time between each color. The craftsmen skip a space to allow for drying. The process is repeated for each color on the design.

VIDEO : Le Manach



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With MOOREA, Pierre Frey takes over the outdoor world, confirming the success of the preceding “Bayamo” collection. In the same spirit and colors, these indoor/outdoor fabrics play with contrast and offer a new palette of delicate colors and a hint of tartness that is resolutely “deco”. Woven fabrics with many types of raised effects add both resolute modernity and a timeless style. Made in our factory in the north of France, which has been awarded the EPV living heritage company label, this line of fabrics benefits from expertise that is unique in Europe and presents exceptional outdoor characteristics (guarantee of the market’s highest level of resistance to light, stormy weather and abrasion).

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