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5 French designers to watch at Art de Vivre

There’s no better authority on the art of living than the French. And although Maison&Objet won’t be showcasing in Singapore this year, design connoisseurs can look forward to Art de Vivre à la Française that takes place from 8-10 March 2017.

Organised by Business France, the inaugural three-day luxury design event comes to our shores for the first time ever following its first successful international run in Shanghai last year. Set in the historic and beautiful Inverturret House on Gallop Road (which was the former residence of the French ambassadors between 1939 to 1999), the event showcases the concept of French living art through a mix of 13 heritage and contemporary brands.

We had a first look at the range of luxury furniture, decor and lighting exhibited at Art de Vivre, and were thoroughly impressed. From a table made of grade 5 titanium that is shaped into the map of Paris to traditional wallpapers that have been given a modern twist, here are the 5 French designers that caught our attention at the design event.

(Featured image credit: Pierre Frey’s Facebook


Established in 1880, Pouenat specialises in luxury metal furniture (lighting, seats) and ornamental ironwork and locksmithing (banisters, doors, partitions, bookcases) that are also unique pieces of art for the home.

The pieces are handmade in France, ensuring absolute quality. The brand also works exclusively with architects and designers — including Jean-Louis Deniot, Francois Champsaur, Damien Langlois-Meurinne and Tristan Auer.


Sebastien Barrau

Luxury furniture designer and expert Sebastien Barrau makes exceptional one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture from grade 5 titanium. The brand’s metalworking is based on space, aeronautic and car industry.

On display at Art de Vivre is the brand’s popular table, Desk Paris. The masterpiece has every detail of the Paris map fully represented, with attention to detail to Paris’ famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Louvre.


Isidore Leroy

One of the main players in France’s history of wallpaper, Isidore Leroy was established in 1842 in Rue Fayette, Paris. The brand crafted numerous iconic designs of French Second Empire, Art Nouveau and Art Deco style.

Now, the brand works with a team of international designers to repurpose traditional designs with a modern approach — while still keeping its French spirit alive.


Pierre Frey

The House of Pierre Frey, founded in 1935, creates, edits and manufactures upholstery fabrics. The brand draws its inspiration from the art of far-away ethnic groups, eighteenth-century France and contemporary art.

The brand’s collections boldly mix materials and motifs that work well together — resulting in an inventive and deeply eclectic look. Pierre Frey now offers a range of products from wallpapers and wall coverings to custom-made carpets, rugs and furniture.


Longwy Paris

Master artisans since 1798, Longwy’s pieces are entirely executed by hand by artists and craftsmen. Although the brand prides itself on its heritage, it has come up with new artistic directions, renewed collaborations with renowned designers and artists, and the combination of tradition with innovation — all whilst still using traditional techniques.

At Art de Vivre, Longwy will exhibit pieces from its main collection, its latest works of art, and historical pieces that will give visitors an overview of the heritage of earthenware artefacts and the art of enamel.


Dewi Nurjuwita
Senior Writer
Dewi Nurjuwita is a travel and design writer who can be found exploring the streets of foreign cities with passport in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.