frédérique morrel: life sized embroidered tapestry sculptures
frédérique morrel: life sized embroidered tapestry sculptures frédérique morrel: life sized embroidered tapestry sculptures
oct 13, 2011

frédérique morrel: life sized embroidered tapestry sculptures

frédérique morrel collection featured in NOW! le off exhibition image © designboom 

paris design week 2011 featured life-sized sculptures by french company frédérique morrel. their works are one of a kind– from each underlying polyurethane taxidermy shape to the hand-stitched exterior. the figures featured in the NOW! le off

exhibition are covered with the husband and wife design team’s signature vintage found needlework. they introduce a colorful, cozy layer to their work by use of these discarded tapestries, saved from oblivion. the selection is representative of their dreaming collection (‘visitors’, ‘g[hosts]’, and ‘passe-murailles’), rather than their livable work such as poufs, cushions, footstools, seating, lamps, trays and candlesticks. the motivation behind their aesthetic is to create work that is to feel at home within the surroundings of the individual that possesses the object. 

  each of the five figures featured at paris design week 2011 use tapestry from the 14 categories– from animals to religion to cartoon. image © designboom 


view of portrait beaded string image © designboom 

detailed back view image © designboom 

frontal view of the horse and it’s skeleton jockey image © designboom 

detailed view of image © designboom 

detailed view image © designboom 


detailed view image © designboom 


detailed view of the skeletal rider and bust of the standing figure image © designboom 

equestrian monument as interpreted by frédérique morrel image courtesy of frédérique morrel

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