Frédérique Morrel's audacious, eye-popping creations -- pillows, footstools, lamps and more -- are handcrafted from vintage tapestries.
Thu, Dec 17 2009 at 1:26 PM
There are few words that can be used to describe the remade-by-hand creations of Paris-based designer/artist/vintage hound Frédérique Morrel
and I’m sure you’d agree that “wow” is certainly one of them.
Morrel, along with partner Aaron Levin, is the force behind a line of “re-birthed” home furnishings, accessories, statutes, and um, needlepoint-covered trophy head sculptures that make creative reuse of vintage found tapestries and other reclaimed objects.
Frédérique was troubled by the fact that her grandmother’s needlework was discarded when she passed away. Ever since, she has been obsessed with the idea of making them come back to life, obsessed with the redemption of her grandma’s ardent work. She went on to invent a whole new artistic concept in order to ‘decycle’ (put into a new life cycle) un-justly, unrecognized, anonymous and devalued pop artifacts.
Morrel’s fanciful (and sometimes erotic) creations range from affordable (€30 for a small, cafeteria-style tapestry tray) to not-so-affordable (€7250 for a piece of needlepoint taxidermy complete with real antlers) … all are one-of-a-kind so don’t expect to spot the exact same Frederique Morrel pouf at your neighbor’s holiday party this weekend.
Delight your eyes with a visit to the Frédérique Morrel
website where you can peruse her whole collection and place a custom order if you're so inclined. Truly lovely stuff...
Photos: Phillipe Cluzeau
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