Vincent Darré for Pierre Frey
Vincent Darré, the elegant dandy of Parisian life, who holds court in his cabinet-de-curiosités gallery located a few steps from Place Vendôme, needs little to no introduction. However, this time we are looking across town to celebrate a new collaboration with the Maison Frey – displayed in the patio of the Hôtel Prince de Galles and in the Pierre Frey showroom – for which Darré designed a capsule collection of six designs on printed cotton. As they are not wallpaper exactly, these elegant designs could be nicely suited as wall hangings too. “By immersing myself in the archives of the house, I discovered a multitude of extraordinary designs made by various artists from the 40s, a fascinating period of Decorative Arts where the craziness of Baroque became embroiled in a mythological allegory. I fell in love with these prints and the idea of this collaboration turned into a tribute to this historical magic: to choose three archives and make three drawings in response to them,” explains Vincent Darré.