Sophie Dries' ORMA textile collection is inspired by the geography of the Italian region of Calabria. These textiles are interwoven with patterns that resemble traces, the imprint of the region’s coastline, giving the impression of it becoming a porous border.
ORMA in Italian means footprint; and Sophie Dries’ project seems to suggest the possibility of a more human approach to borders. In a way, she is revisioning these borders to be seen as more penetrable barriers amongst the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.
Her design reinvents the traditional and artisanal techniques of Calabria in dialogue with her own personal language to continue the tradition of cultural exchanges which have inhabited this region for centuries.
ORMA has been realised in Calabria, in collaboration with the artisans of Longobucco, a little village in the Sila mountains famous for its textile tradition.
Sophie Dries is an architect and designer, with a Degree in Architecture and a post diploma licence HMONP from ENSA Paris-Malaquais. After having collaborated with luxury interior Design architecture firms such as Atelier Jean Nouvel, Pierre Yovanovitch or Christian Liaigre, Sophie Dries created in 2014 her studio based in Paris, and Milan since 2017. She creates collections of furniture in numbered editions for the Nilufar (Milan) and Giustini/Stagetti (Rome) galleries; her objects are presented at the Salone Del Mobile Milan, PAD London, Collectible in Brussels and the Salon in New York. Her ceramics are sold in L’Eclaireur galleries both in Paris & Los Angeles, as well as on the Wallpaper Store. Her pieces have been exhibited in private foundations, but also at the Cité De L’Architecture in 2019 for the retrospective on furniture created by architects.
Between luxury and raw materials, in an experimental quest around traditional materials, Sophie Dries Shares her aesthetic perception by designing essential objects. Combining radical lined and primitive forms, she collaborates with exceptional craftsmen and proposes a bold design that links elements of the present to ancestral techniques.