Taking their successful and long-standing collaboration to the next level, Monsieur Christian Lacroix and ege carpets now enter the floor together with a collection of expressive and rich carpet designs.
Monsieur Christian Lacroix
Born in Arles on 16 May 1951. After studying classical literature and art history in Montpellier, then at the Sorbonne and the Ecole du Louvre, Monsieur Christian Lacroix migrated towards costume design and created his own fashion house in 1987. Since the 1980s, he has put his signature to the costumes and scenography of numerous theatrical, opera, ballet and museum productions. Since 2000, he has also been involved with more industrial design projects: TGV trains, hotels and cinemas.
Lush motifs with embedded personal meaning
The Atelier collection features 16 designs and three design themes – Textile, Mineral and Gravure – each of them inspired by the passions of Monsieur Christian Lacroix. Having clear references to fashion, the Textile designs are created from a personal archive of ethnic and foreign fabrics transformed into patterns of patchwork, velvet draping and paisleys being one
of Monsieur Christian Lacroix’s favourite design elements through all times. Fascinated by collecting stones, Monsieur Christian Lacroix brings the beauty of this natural element into the collection in the Mineral design theme embracing beautiful mosaics of beach stones, chaussé stones and quarry tiles. Finally, Gravure features fantasy engraving motifs inspired by
monuments from Monsieur Christian Lacroix’s home town, 1900 century fashion with birds and butterflies as well as mountain landscapes in Provence.
A limitless world
Regarding the collaboration with ege carpets Monsieur Christian Lacroix explains: “When I started collaborating with ege carpets 13 years ago, I discovered that anything was possible – I was entering a limitless world! To me the carpet is a way of communicating: it’s like words, it’s like music.” The designer further states: “A carpet is like make-up too, it changes the surface. It makes the room larger, wider or smaller. It underlines what you want to express. Just as classic music gives something formal to a movie, a classic carpet adds a conservative and nice atmosphere to your room. It’s like the make-up of music.”
“The carpet is as much an item of clothing as it is a covering. It adorns the floor in the way a wallpaper adorns the walls, or a fabric dresses the body. So it seems obvious to me to treat the opening theme of this first collaboration with ege as a collection of fabrics. A collection of historical textiles, timeless from ages past and different kinds of cultures, and always an endless inspiration to me. Traditional cashmeres, ethnic fabrics embroidered with sequins in a trompel’oeil effect and beautiful weaved folk ribbons. All coordinated with more quiet monochrome patterns; a draped effect in ruffled velvet, herringbone or friezes as well as more plain, textured effects, in warm and cold colour palettes dominated by blues, gold and ancient reds,” Monsieur Christian Lacroix.
“The carpet not only dresses floors but also softens them, makes them warmer, less noisy, covering slabs and stones which, for centuries, have provided one of the main decorative elements of the residences of yesteryear. Sometimes rustic, sometimes sophisticated. Sometimes opulent, sometimes modest. It was with these ornaments of ancient and classical
architecture in mind that I wanted to create an optical illusion in the carpet, imitating these ageold decorations, often inspired by the old buildings of my hometown Arles; the checkerboard tiles of the Archbishop’s palace, the Gallo-Roman mosaic of the ancient “villae”, made of pebbles from the Crau plain, using shades of grey, or even simpler seedbeds of minerals encased in the floor like a collection of gems,” Monsieur Christian Lacroix.
“Finally, for me, the carpet is a blank canvas upon which to express my passions, drawings, collages, prints in black and white or in colour and albums of old pictures from my personal archives. For this third theme, the carpet is adorned with a collection of etchings of an imaginary landscape freely inspired by a Provençal town or lush Mediterranean hills, a scrapbook containing a patchwork of 19th century fashion and flights of butterflies, abstract sketches or graffiti, and streaks of ink to complete the cloud motifs,” Monsieur Christian Lacroix.
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New ege collection: Atelier by Monsieur Christian Lacroix