Sculptural, monolithic furniture with gentle curves is in the spotlight at the moment; upholstered with tactile materials, these are pieces that contrast purity of form with an irresistible tactility and a certain friendliness.
Pierre Frey’s Litho collection is the perfect example. Designed by Guillaume Delvigne, the sofa, chair and bench each have their own form but are united by their sense of solidity – ‘litho’ means ‘stone’ in Greek, and Delvigne was inspired by the idea of a primitive landscape, strewn with shapes that are different, but that naturally relate to one another. Pierre Frey’s know-how with furniture-making shows in the complexity of creating the all-over upholstery.
Delvigne has also designed complementary rugs in amorphous stone-like shapes, covered in a repeating comma-like motif that echoes a primitive chisel mark. He is just one of several young designers that Pierre Frey is collaborating with on its furniture, giving the brand a forward-thinking edge; Christophe Delcourt has worked on Virgule, a collection of modular sofas and chairs, while Daniel Rous has designed the Altar tables, inspired by monumental church furniture.