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Videos18/04/2019

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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!

Concini : the video of an exceptional warp print on silk

Videos16/03/2018

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

Videos14/03/2018

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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.

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A METICULOUS AND DELICATE WEAVING PROCESS

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 :

 

LA CHANCE X PIERRE FREY

Videos12/02/2018

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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.

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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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Atelier Coös for Pierre Frey

Videos05/02/2018

Inspired by Pierre Frey new collections, l’atelier Coös created several playful animations with the fabrics.

Intriguing, the paper “cocottes” open slowly to make us see a distant landscape…
Thus atelier Coös talk, behind each fabric, about the imaginary it inspires and evokes.

More informations about Atelier Coös on instagram 



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HERITAGE LE MANACH VIDEO

Videos01/02/2018

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.

Marie Claire Maison 50th Aniversary Pop Up

Videos05/12/2017

Marie Claire Maison celebrates its 50th anniversary with a pop-up card illustrated by Eric Giriat. This adoreable artwork uses Pierre Frey fabrics and wallpapers to create a playful and whimsicical scene. You can win one by following Marie Claire Maison and Pierre Frey on Instagram and posting the pop-up with the hashtag #PierreFreyPopUP!

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Pierre Frey’s Collaboration with Ugo Gattoni

Videos05/09/2016

Pierre Frey presents its new artistic collaboration with Ugo Gattoni.

Ugo Gattoni is a Parisian born and bred artist and art director, whose surreal and exquisitely detailed portraits, depictions of cityscapes, and strange, otherworldly objects and artefacts are renowned worldwide for their unparalleled level of skill. Working predominantly with graphite or ink, Ugo’s work is a whirlwind of minute details, dreamlike characters and typography. He first came to fame in 2011 when he created a 33 ft mural in Paris, and later his book for NoBrow titled Bicycle attracted him the attention of Hermès who he has been working with since.

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“Rise” wallpaper from Pierre Frey
Drawing by Ugo Gattoni.

“Rise”, Fantastic story of World of Titan’s Resurrection buried under their debris of their own city. Lost in the middle of the sky and mountains.

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Private evening in the Louvre with Jacques Garcia

Videos18/02/2015

La Maison Pierre Frey, a true ambassador of the French Art de Vivre, has always willingly offered its expertise and passion in the service of culture.  When the Louvre announced the renovation of the Eighteenth Century Decorative Arts Galleries, the Maison was naturally an enthusiastic sponsor. Pierre Frey supplied the fabrics*needed for the restoration of this exceptional showcase staged by Jacques Garcia, including the identical reproduction of a painted and embroidered silk original to the Grand Salon of the Château d’Abondant .

La Maison Pierre Frey had the chance to organize a private evening in those rooms !

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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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