Tradition is a source of strength
Tradition is a source of strength for many of our favourite European textile houses. A quick survey of the founding dates of some of the most prestigious fabric designers shows that they have a rich heritage on which to draw: Christian Fischbacher (1819), Larsen (1930) and Gaston y Daniela (1876). This year, we’ll be sure to send our best wishes to the team at Pierre Frey as they celebrate 200 years of excellence @ Maison Braquenié
There is always a danger that longevity can give rise to complacency, but that is clearly not the case here. A glance through the latest collections from each of these design houses shows that they are still very much cutting-edge; they remain curious and committed to pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with fabric.
It’s clear that mastery takes time – a popular adage maintains that it takes 10 000 hours to master a skill. The 200 years that Pierre Frey has been in existence equates to over 1.75 million hours, which really puts this in perspective.
Decades of dedication to fabric design means that each of these houses boasts a remarkable archive which can be delved into for inspiration as they reimagine and reinterpret classic designs of the past. However, they are far from content to rest on their laurels; instead, they continue to explore.