Sophie Dries, CLUB COLLECTIBLE ambassadors
11 May 2021
CLUB COLLECTIBLE: What have you been up to recently? Which recent project would you like to draw attention to?
Sophie Dries: We have just completed the first flagship store for the French shoe brand Michel Vivien on rue St Honoré. There we have mixed contemporary and special pieces with vintage edgy furniture. We are working on several high-end residential projects in Paris and Milan, as well as some large hotels in Australia. In furniture design, we collaborate with Italian galleries Nilufar and Giustini Stagetti, and we are initiating an affordable line for Trame, all to be handmade in Calabria.
“I like this idea of the CLUB and very Parisien idea of the “Salon”, like there was in the Cafe society era.”
CC: Tell us about a collectible designer you would love to collaborate with or have enjoyed collaborating with on a past project.
SD: I collect and admire the works of many of designer colleagues like Max Lamb, Gaetano Pesce, Forma Fantasma, Nathalie Du Pasquier. For the Trame collection in Calabria, we work with the duo Objects of Common Interest and the Italian artist Giovanni de Francesco.
CC: What makes Paris an exciting place for contemporary collectible design and (interior) architecture?
SD: Paris is the capital city of decorative art, so there is a strong culture in interior design and decoration. It becomes more and more aware of contemporary design with events like Maison & objets, Paris Design Week, etc., but I feel the culture of furniture is much stronger in Milan, which is my second home. Since the Versailles era, Paris has been known for its excellence in craftmanship, and we are trying to encourage this by testing it in our projects. By the way, we can see the history of that “savoir-faire” in the collections of the renowned Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
CC: What do you think CLUB COLLECTIBLE could bring to the Paris design scene?
SD: I like this idea of the CLUB and very Parisien idea of the “Salon”, like there was in the Cafe society era. I think bringing people together is the most difficult thing since we have experienced the pandemic. We are all connected but really meeting and exchanging with a colleague has become very rare.
About Sophie Dries
Sophie Dries is an architect and designer, After having collaborated with luxury interior design architecture firms such as Atelier Jean Nouvel, Pierre Yovanovitch and Christian Liaigre, Sophie Dries created her studio based in Paris in 2014, and in Milan in 2017. She creates collections of furniture in numbered editions for the Nilufar (Milan) and Giustini/Stagetti (Rome) galleries; her objects are presented at the Salone Del Mobile Milan, PAD London, Collectible in Brussels and the Salon in New York.
Between luxury and raw materials, in an experimental quest around traditional materials, Sophie Dries Shares her aesthetic perception by designing essential objects. Combining radical lined and primitive forms, she collaborates with exceptional craftspeople and proposes a bold design that links elements of the present to ancestral techniques. Sophie Dries shapes interiors by implementing paradoxes in a purist as well as comfortable approach.