Known for its eclectic and contemporary collections, Maison Pierre Frey
nevertheless cultivates a strong attachment to the past and to tradition.
For Patrick Frey, understanding the past helps to understand the future.
Through their Archives department, created in 2003 and consisting of more
than 30,000 documents, it is committed to reviving and sharing a heritage
common to all. Thanks to its know-how and perfect mastery of techniques,
in a relatively short time this fabric editor has become a privileged partner
of museums and an active participant in French cultural life.
Ainsi, sans préjugés d’époques ou de styles, la Maison Pierre Frey participe à de nombreux événements, par la biais de prêts d’archives ou de fabrications spéciales, permettant au grand public de revivre des pans de notre histoire, de la Renaissance au 20 ème siècle.
without favor for a particular period or style, the Maison Pierre Frey participates in many events through the loan of archival documents or special reproductions, giving the public an opportunity to experience parts of our history, from the Renaissance to the 20th century.
Proof in three places, three eras, three experiences :
Exhibition Elise Djo-Bourgeois – “Sur le motif” (6 April- 16 June 2019) at the Villa Noailles (Hyères, France)
A woman artist in the 1920s
When Pierre Frey purchased Lauer in 1995, he discovered design treasures produced in the 1920s by a group of exceptional artists: Lalique, René Prou, Burkhalter, Sue and Mare and, of course, Elise Djo-Bourgeois.
Little known to the general public, this designer of patterns for fabrics and carpets used brightly coloured geometric shapes as her pictorial language. Her career is closely linked to that of her husband, Georges Bourgeois dit Djo-Bourgeois, architect and decorator, known for his interior design, boutiques, apartments and villas such as Villa Noailles in Hyères. The premature death of her husband when he was not even forty years old put an end to their respective careers, causing their work to be forgotten.
Contactée pour identifier des tissus sur des photos noir et blanc des années 1920, la maison Pierre Frey a très vite envisagé de prêter un nombres importants de documents en sa possession, conçus par Elise Djo-Bourgeois : Quarante-neuf archives, textiles imprimés, déclinés en une multitude de coloris, un recueil d’empreintes ainsi qu’un livre regroupant des photographies anciennes de tapis. Ces archives ont permis de redonner vie aux décors imaginés par le couple. Les textiles aux couleurs éclatantes d’Elise venant contrebalancer l’image un peu austère que les photos en noir et blanc laissaient imaginer.
Contacted to help identify the fabrics seen in black and white photographs from the 1920s, Pierre Frey very quickly agreed to lend a large number of documents designed by Elise Djo-Bourgeois that are in its possession,: 49 archives, printed textiles in a multitude of colours, a collection of prints and a book containing old carpet photographs. These archives have given new life to the environments imagined by the couple. Elise’s brightly coloured textiles counterbalance the austere images that the black and white photos suggest.
A sponsorship accompanies this loan with the reprinting of a design by the
artist on a cotton percale that completes the scenography and shows the
use of fabrics as Elise Djo-Bourgeois had imagined. For authenticity, the imperfections caused by the original printing process, known as wood plate printing, have been reproduced on the reissue.
Part of this archival collection held by Pierre Frey was presented during the exhibition Couples Modernes at the Centre Pompidou Metz, where the couple of Djo-Bourgeois decorative artists also had their place residence.
The exhibition “Sur le motif” at Villa Noailles is the third exhibition to explore the little-known and cloistered work of Elise Djo-Bourgeois since 1937.
The second place, “Hauteville House, Victor Hugo’s house in Guernsey”, is
to be discovered in the next newsletter!
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.
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.
Optical illusion of the stonework
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.
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.
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.
Number 47 is more than an address, it is part of our identity!
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, 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.
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.
Watch the video of Concini weaving process step by step :
You can also read our illustrated and detailed brochure :
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.
video ©La Maison Noire production
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
©Atelier Coös forPierre Frey
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 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!
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.
“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.