An occupational hazard for those of us in the design field is we want all of the pretty things that are paraded in front us. When I was decorating, I handled this dilemma by choosing my favorites and bestowing them like like gifts to my clients. If I couldn't have them, they should.
Now that I spend my time writing about design, I need another solution.
A book like Pierre Frey Inspiring Interiors provides the perfect answer. All of my darlings from the House of Pierre Frey are gathered together in one volume, allowing me to pull it off the shelf and drink in the beauty whenever I need a shot of loveliness in my life.
The book is roughly divided into four parts, each of which is equally fascinating. It opens with a personal account of the history of the House of Pierre Frey. How fabulous that a business founded in the 1930's is still run by the family. The key players are all featured and sprinkled throughout the book are tantalizing glimpses of their homes, which naturally feature Pierre Frey products. I can assure you that the current head of the company, Patrick Frey, is very charming, having met him at a recent book signing at Bergdorf Goodman.
Next the book explores the stunning, historical Pierre Frey Museum. Can I move in? Their archives are astounding and richly illustrated.
You will gasp at images of fragments of men's waistcoats and pockets embroidered on silk from the 18th century.
This gorgeousness is followed up with features on some interior designers who use Pierre Frey and more luscious photographs featuring the fabric, wallpaper and other products, with descriptions of the inspiration behind them. Creative mood compositions that will get your juices flowing also are shown.
Finally, the book closes by showcasing the artisans behind the designs such as the weavers, embroiderers, embossers and upholsterers who bring it all to life. Experiencing the individual hands at work is moving and compelling.
This book is a must for any design library.