I have long been a fan of Pierre Frey and their beautiful line of fabrics and home furnishings. From their own esteemed signature line, to the gorgeous Braquenie collection of document patterns, the Italian luxury of Fadini Borghi and the modern cheerful prints at Boussac, the house represents a distinguished provenance of timeless design and craftsmanship.
I was excited to learn that, for the first time in the company’s history, they have launched a creative collaboration bringing an outside firm into their flagship US showroom in New York. What a treat to see the inclusion of the well respected Hutton Home Collection, beautifully upholstered in Pierre Frey’s latest fabrics, in their lovely space!
The synergy of these lines is immediately evident. Patrick Frey expressed it well “Hutton Home manufactures their products in France, and shares a respect for French tradition, craftsmanship and timeless design that we value so deeply. Like us, they are a modern company rooted in history.” These classic 30s shapes above are as comfortable as they are handsome. The silk velvet on the right is beyond luxurious.
Hutton Home includes upholstered pieces, casegoods and lighting, all of which are represented in the Pierre Frey NYC showroom. The Pierre collection (name a coincidence) was my favorite with exquisite dining and occasional chairs, tables and desks. The adorable yet surprisingly comfortable baby chairs above are made with cerused French white oak, the same as furniture looked when it was delivered to Versaille centuries ago. Over time, it starts to turn a honey color as it oxidizes, developing the same patina we love in treasured antiques. Upholstered in charming Pierre Frey silk checks, they are classics that work anywhere.
The furniture is all made using mortise and tenon joinery, with no synthetic polyurethane, only hand rubbed beeswax finishes. And almost all the pieces are made from one solid piece of wood – this is furniture made to last, destined to become treasured heirlooms. I love that there is no ornamentation on the chairs, their elegant tailoring, perfectly paired with the complementary Pierre Frey fabrics is just right. And makes it easy to pair with more ornate antiques, if desired.
Hutton Home prides itself on a level of service equal to the quality of the furniture. In pairing with Pierre Frey, they are ensuring that they can service clients at an old school to the trade level, based on personal relationships. Their ability to offer customization, creating unique pieces for clients rather than merely stock from a catalogue is what their company is all about. The Gargantua table above, for example, can be ordered round, square with or without leaves, in different sizes and finishes. And Hutton Home has organized a supply chain so they can offer the same lead times, approximately 12 – 14 weeks, as a quality company that manufactures here, with no associated international costs or paperwork – like working with a local resource.
Hutton Home’s Ensemble London collection is a more transitional collection. I loved this tufted Crosby sofa. The same quality of the upholstered pieces is seen in the tables and case goods. This Collection Pierre Jupiter table has simple elegant lines and proportions.
The detailing is exquisite, as seen on these additional Jupiter pieces.
And depending on the finishes chosen, pieces can range from classic to more contemporary.
In working with Pierre Frey, Hutton Home has found a like minded company. With ties to both France and the States, these family owned, high quality, service oriented companies, merge past and present, transitioning seamlessly from traditional to contemporary. I love this quote from John Hutton which says it all “Some people know how to live. Those people are my clients.”