182 FA­BRICS AND WALLPAPERS. OPINIONS BY SE­RE­NA CON­FA­LO­NIE­RI AND PA­TRICK FREY

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SE­RE­NA CON­FA­LO­NIE­RI 1 ‒ Ho­me de­co­ra­ting sty­les using wall­pa­per and fa­brics chan­ge over ti­me ac­cor­ding to the trends. But de­co­ra­ting sty­les last lon­ger than tho­se in the fa­shion world, usual­ly from th­ree to fi­ve years. Pro­ve­nçal sty­le, mi­ni­ma­li­sm, na­tu­ral tex­tu­res, an­ti-de­si­gn, ba­ro­que: su­ch pa­st trends ha­ve gi­ven way to a free­dom that per­mi­ts you to mix it up. It’s a de­co­ra­ti­ve sty­le wi­thout reins, com­ple­te­ly li­be­ra­ting. I would call it neo-eclec­ti­ci­sm. 2‒ Who are my interior de­co­ra­ting in­fluen­ces? I’d ha­ve to say the ma­ster of Italian de­si­gn, Gio Pon­ti, and nor­thern Eu­ro­pe’s mo­st crea­ti­ve de­si­gner, Hel­la Jon­ge­rius. In fact, the wall­pa­per li­ne Architects is in­spi­red by the de­si­gns of Pon­ti, Charlotte Per­riand and Oscar Nie­meyer. I wanted to play wi­th ar­chi­tec­tu­re and classic fur­ni­tu­re de­si­gns to em­pha­si­ze their gra­phic aspec­ts. So, I tran­sfor­med them from th­ree- to two­di­men­sio­nal to sho­w­ca­se their ab­stract pat­terns. 3‒ I en­joy bo­th rein­ter­pre­ting classics and crea­ting com­ple­te­ly new de­si­gns. I am al­so in­te­re­sted in re­vi­ving ar­ti­sa­nal me­thods that are ra­re­ly used the­se days. For exam­ple, wi­th in­laid wood, I was able to crea­te contemporary wall co­ve­rings. Wor­king wi­th lea­ded glass was real­ly in­te­re­sting. I used it in the San­tis­si­mi col­lec­tion, th­ree trays in­spi­red by the im­men­se stai­ned­glass win­do­ws of Mi­lan’s Duo­mo. 4‒ I lo­ve old ho­mes, li­ved in and fil­led wi­th me­mo­ries. I’m not a big fan of the to­tal look. I pre­fer set­tings wi­th bold colours pai­red wi­th gra­phics and de­co­ra­tions that break up the sty­le. Ver­ti­cal or ho­ri­zon­tal sty­les wi­th de­co­ra­ti­ve ele­men­ts su­ch as wain­sco­ting that lea­ve the re­st of the wall in a so­lid co­lour. The to­ne-on-to­ne look or co­lour sca­les al­so work well. I al­so li­ke con­tra­sting colours, even if the quan­ti­ty and com­bi­na­tions are dif­fi­cult to de­ter­mi­ne.

PA­TRICK FREY 1 ‒ The spa­ces wi­thin ho­mes now ha­ve a flui­di­ty, a mix of sty­les; the tra­di­tio­nal moulds are being bro­ken. For the­se rea­sons, de­co­ra­tion and de­si­gn are no lon­ger po­lar op­po­si­tes. You don’t ha­ve to choo­se si­des. On the con­tra­ry, they crea­te a sy­ner­gy, they work to­ge­ther to ma­ke our ho­mes li­ve­lier, mo­re free-spi­ri­ted. They can even cros­so­ver in the sa­me pro­ject; for exam­ple, I’m thin­king of the Tar­si­ne mo­du­lar wall co­ve­rings (by Se­re­na Con­fa­lo­nie­ri, Ed.). 2‒ In turn, eclec­ti­ci­sm is in­fluen­ced by trends. On the up­swing is wall­pa­per and pa­nels fea­tu­ring hand-painted land­sca­pes that are now de­co­ra­ting apart­ment walls from Mi­lan to New York. It’s al­so be­co­ming all the ra­ge to use wall­pa­per as a de­co­ra­ti­ve ele­ment on a sin­gle wall as if it we­re a lar­ge pic­tu­re. Among fa­brics, tho­se wi­th an un­fi­ni­shed tex­tu­re are po­pu­lar, su­ch as li­nen and wool. For car­pe­ts, eve­ry­thing goes, from hi­sto­ri­cal mo­tifs to de­si­gn pro­jec­ts. 3‒ In the tex­ti­le world, the­re’s al­ways been fier­ce com­pe­ti­tion bet­ween Ita­ly and Fran­ce. But in­te­re­stin­gly enou­gh, eve­ryo­ne in Pa­ris adores Italian tex­ti­les, whe­reas in Ita­ly the Fren­ch sty­le is ad­mi­red. Contemporary, of cour­se, but al­so the mo­re tra­di­tio­nal, classic sty­les. This is seen in the fact that Ita­ly is among the top in­ter­na­tio­nal mar­ke­ts for Pier­re Frey (Fren­ch interior fa­brics, Ed.). In ge­ne­ral, our ri­sing sa­les re­flect the po­pu­la­ri­ty of the de­cor. 4‒ My re­com­men­da­tion to your rea­ders would be to take ri­sks in their cho­sen com­bi­na­tions, thou­gh of cour­se it’s a que­stion of ba­lan­ce… What’s im­por­tant is that the pat­terns are of dif­fe­rent sca­les so that they com­ple­ment one ano­ther ra­ther than com­pe­te. As for the­mes, geo­me­tric pat­terns are timeless, rein­ter­pre­ted in ma­ny colours. Fi­gu­ra­ti­ve de­co­ra­tions are now in vo­gue – fo­lia­ge, flo­ral and land­sca­pes. But if you choo­se them for the walls, se­lect a so­ber co­lour for the dra­pes, and vi­ce ver­sa. And wi­th re­gard to colours, bei­ge con­ti­nues to be po­pu­lar.

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