Deirdre Dyson’s new Paris space merges culture, history and creativity
The British artist and designer chose a sophisticated space in Saint-Germain-des-Prés designed by Remi Tessier to showcase her rug collections
Deirdre Dyson opens the doors to her new Paris gallery. Located in Saint-Germain des Prés, the space was realised in collaboration with French interior designer Remi Tessier to become a showcase for Dyson’s rugs collections, merging creative output with a sophisticated take on craftsmanship.
The gallery location was carefully selected by Dyson, who chose Saint-Germain des Prés for its reputation as the area where artists and intellectuals (such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir) gravitated in the sixties. The area later became the centre of student protests, and is now where gallery owners and antique dealers are right at home. For Dyson, this crucible of history and creativity is the very image of Parisian art.
‘As the birthplace of creativity, I love Paris, with its history and its vibrancy,’ says London-based Dyson, who has been developing her collections since the early 2000s. As it often happens, a personal search for the perfect rug turned into a lucky encounter and a prolific business brought to life by Dyson’s colour sensibility and affinity for craftsmanship.
The new gallery becomes a discreet backdrop to Dyson’s unique bespoke pieces, where colour and shapes come together through refined designs. Tibetan wool and Chinese silk of the highest quality are selected by Dyson before being hand-woven in Nepal (all of Dyson’s rugs receive a certification from international ethical organisation, Goodweave).
The gallery’s interiors merge simplicity and elegance, designed as ‘an oasis of calm’ with sober stone floors and walls featuring prominently throughout the space. The opening of the new Parisian space also marks the debut of the Looking Glass collection, with designs playing with transparency, illusion, light and monochromatic gradients. The abstract designs are bright and multilayered, paintings transformed into knotted pieces through Dyson’s vision and the skilled craftsmanship of her Nepalese teams.
‘As the birthplace of creativity, I love Paris, with its history and its vibrancy’
Dyson originally trained as a fine artist and graphic designer, and her background is perfectly reflected in the unique designs of her pieces. Blending art and manufacturing, traditional craftsmanship techniques and new technologies, through her brand she has been able to give form to a pure artistic expression. §