Sophie Dries has been on The Invisible Collection’s radar since her debut collection of ceramics at Salone del Mobile in Milan. That was a couple of years ago, and Sophie has since created limited editions of furniture pieces and lighting, whilst spearheading a variety of residential and commercial projects.
Known for her eclectic & sophisticated aesthetic, the French architect knows how to strike the perfect balance between luxury and comfort, between elegance and boldness. Merging traditional craft techniques and innovative know-how, she elevates raw materials and simple lines to new, contemporary designs.
We selected some signature pieces by Dries, including an array of poetic objects from the collection Traces. Humble yet sophisticated, these designs are inspired by the “scars” left on the surface of clay when it’s fired in the kiln. In Dries’ view, this poetic gesture somehow connects to the philosophy of the Arte Povera movement and its exploration of natural, humble materials.
Highlights from our curated selection include Glow, a series of striking lighting fixtures made of blown glass, brass, and papier mâché. The juxtaposition of these dissimilar materials creates a kinetic balance between organic and geometric, between natural and artificial, suggesting the possibility of harmonious coexistence.
Whether it be a fine handcrafted object or a grand dining table, Sophie Dries is constantly experimenting with contrasting materials and methods in order to achieve the “cosmic essence of matter,” a concept very dear to Brancusi.