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Where does Vincent Frey live, the general manager of Pierre Frey?

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Vincent Frey, General Manager of Pierre Frey

Marie-Pierre Morel

Interview with Vincent Frey, the general manager of the Pierre Frey house, near the Palais-Royal. From an old warehouse of the 50s, he managed to make a family apartment, a kind of contemporary loft revisited, where the classicism of a huge canvas hangings and vintage furniture coexist. Tips and bets for an arty design atmosphere.

In the Frey family, which celebrates its 80th birthday in 2015, there is the grandfather Pierre Frey who created the famous house of fabrics and wallpapers, father Patrick and his three sons Pierre, Vincent, Matthieu without forgetting the new generation of four grandsons! The creation is incumbent on the patriarch with some contributions from artists, through the meetings and the favorites, as was the case with Louise Bourgoin in 2014, but the siblings could not escape the virus of decoration. The oldest, Pierre Frey, is in charge of communication, Matthieu takes care of the Asian market and even the youngest, Vincent who had sworn we would not take it, joined in 2006 the general direction ... while he had started a financial career in London.

For his first apartment, Vincent Frey has seen things in large, embarking on a titanic project of a year and a half! In keeping with the original vocation of this 17th century building where Bossuet lived, he undertook to transform what had become since the 1950s, the warehouse where the family home stored and cut the fabrics, then archived his samples ... There At the age of eight, he decided to break everything by emphasizing the volume and keeping the light of the impressive glass roof.

Your favorite room where you like to be and spend time?

Vincent Frey: The huge living room. The specificity of the building is a large glass roof with a height of 5.5 meters. It is around her that everything has been arranged. It serves the entire apartment on the ground floor, and it is here that we spend the most time! The living room, the dining room and the kitchen were installed without a single door. Both bedrooms are on the first floor.

The huge canopy and curtains with toile de Jouy motif

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Your furniture: rather modern, ultra design, family, pitcher?

Vincent Frey:We did not buy anything outside the big orange sofa which is a Pierre Frey creation. This sofa is a daring bet. Everything else is recovery: most of the furniture belonged to my family. They have been retapissés. We do not throw anything.

The living room with two blue armchairs and the orange sofa

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The most unusual or unexpected that can be discovered at home?

Vincent Frey: The organization of the space around this glass roof.

An object or piece of furniture that you could not separate?

Vincent Frey: I am very attached to the two armchairs of the Charpentier editions of the 70s in blue plexi. They were my father when he was a young man.

Your favorite color in your home?

Vincent Frey: We wanted to break the codes of the loft always dominated by white, black and beige. We dared to color with textiles and furniture.

Baby foot

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Your last purchase - useful or futile! - for the House ?

Vincent Frey: We bought for our room a lamp from an English brand of Established and Sons design. It is a signed piece of Nao Tamura entitled "The Tiki". It is a black cone on which is placed a small luminous bird.

Parents' room

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The kitchen, rather open or closed?

Vincent Frey: It's an open kitchen. Nothing is lagging behind. We have very few trinkets.

Open kitchen

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A dish unexpectedly on the go for your friends? Your specialty?

Vincent Frey: My wife is Cuban so it is most often a Cuban dish, Mexican or a Peruvian ceviche.

Vincent Frey and his wife Bianca who is a sculptor

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And the TV, which room?

Vincent Frey: She is hidden, back to the sofa even if it is not very logical. So we put ourselves in the blue chairs to watch it. There are none in the rooms.

Do you live with music or rather in silence?

Vincent Frey: Constantly Cuban and sometimes Brazilian music. We have small speakers hidden in all false ceilings.

Rather candle or rather perfume of atmosphere?

Vincent Frey: Pierre Frey candles with a preference for the fig fragrance.

Curtains, doors, shutters? What does it inspire you?

Vincent Frey: The curtains bring a cozy side, it is a bulwark against the cold and the light. There are everywhere in the apartment, whether to hide the TV, separate rooms ... In front of the huge bay window, we chose a huge pair of curtains - 100 meters of fabric - with a classic canvas pattern from Jouy. This historical drawing was no longer in a collection and when my father had it studied on linen, we immediately ordered it for our interior. We had a crush for this reason and six years later, we do not get tired.

The children's room

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What is on your bedside table?

Vincent Frey: Books. There are those I read to my children and about me that are more essays and biographies. At this moment, I read Pierre Rabhi's "Towards the happy sobriety".

A deco trick or storage?

Vincent Frey: No doors to closets but curtains! There is a dressing room closed by curtains, and as I said the TV is concealed also by a curtain ...

Do you dream of one more room? If so, for what purpose?

Vincent Frey: Every day, I tell myself that I live in a dream. So that's fine.

Rather orderly or messy?

Vincent Frey: The most orderly possible. In fact, not much can be disturbed. Nothing lingers in the living room, except the legos and coloring of children on weekends! This is not an obsession but it avoids having too many objects. Every purchase is thought and thoughtful. The only thing that bothers me are the books. I have a beautiful library destructured and another hidden, but it is not enough ... Every week, I would like to separate from those I like less.

Unstructured Library

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Are you green plants, flowers, balcony, terrace, garden?

Vincent Frey: We rarely buy flowers and we do not have a single green plant. We miss it. We have a room that looks like a winter garden. It is an extension of the children's room, it is lined with foliage fabrics with an armchair to read ...

The winter garden

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Your addresses or favorite brands for the home (shopping, decoration, florist, etc.)?

Vincent Frey:

- In Milan, the gallery - Nilufar - everything is sublime but absolutely unapproachable.

- I'm also a fan of the English brand: establishedandsons.com

- In Les Halles, there is the Triode gallery with a very nice selection of objects: www.triodedesign.com

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