Milan 2019 – Ethereal nuances blur in Petite Friture’s FRANCIS collection by Constance Guisset. The successful mirror series is now extended in a set of tables defined by a watercolor effect and misty hues which create endless reflections and a distorted a sense of depth and space.
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“Francis’ iconic look came about from an experiment with pigments: the fleeting vision of colour billowing off the tip of a paintbrush as it is dipped in water,” explains Constance Guisset. The result is “an unusual illusion of colour, reminiscent of oxidation often found in old mirrors, but reworked with a luminous modern twist”.
Now presented along the horizontal plane, the haze-like pigments of the Francis mirror take on new-found vigour, softening the harsh reflection and the circle’s geometric proportions. Each table-top in the series comes with its own watercolour hue. The narrower the mirror, the more vibrant and animated the colour.
Watercolour designs are hand-produced by the designer before being digitally altered to obtain the desired effect of multiple, semi-transparent, tinted layers. Ultimately, this technique enables the designer to work with shape and form, enhancing the movement of colour and imbuing the piece with the very sense of harmony that is behind Francis’ success.
The watercolour designs are then laminate-printed onto the base of the mirror, thereby enhancing the visual depth of the finished product. The completed mirror is then set into pressed-metal mounts and stands.
The two series of tables are a study-in-blue: the black series exploring the warmer tones of pink and violet; whereas the white series focuses on brighter yellows and greens.
Ever since they both started in the design world, Petite Friture and Constance Guisset have worked together as a team. Their longstanding and flourishing collaboration has seen the creation of Vertigo, Panache, Nubilo, and – last but not least – Francis.
Images by : courtesy of Petite Friture
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