1840 Journal

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The Past Made Perfect.

Emanuelle Dion is the co-founder and owner of Foutu Tissu, a company created twelve years ago. She is also the founder of Très dion, launched in 2020. Foutu Tissu has been described as timeless, distancing itself from industrial culture to offer a brand of design that blends craftsmanship and aesthetics with quality and ethics. Regarding her inspiration, Dion, a Textile Design and Fine Arts graduate, confesses that she's had a lifelong interest in treasures from the past that are unearthed in antique stores, thrift shops, and church basements. But what does the term vintage mean exactly?

Foutu Tissu - Emmanuelle Dion Foutu Tissu - Emmanuelle Dion

Everything Old Is New Again

According to the creator, vintage can be defined in more ways than one: first and foremost, the term describes any original article dating from the 20th century, more specifically any period that's at least 20 years old—think of them as “vingt-age” (“vingt” meaning 20 in French). Besides those items that are “authentically old,” vintage is a term used to characterize contemporary items inspired by the past: we call this celebration of elements of historic styles "neo-retro." The vintage trend first began in the eighties, but increasing environmental awareness in recent years has added to the rising interest in reusing objects, slow fashion, and all things old fashioned. Nostalgia for other eras also explains the popularity of this trend expanding into textiles as well as household appliances and furniture.

Foutu Tissu handmade textile printing Foutu Tissu handmade textile printing

Epic Eras

On the topic of furniture, Foutu Tissu is drawn to the designs of the fifties and sixties. Dion is inspired by pieces from the post-war period that have enveloping shapes, produced at the time by using newly developed industrial techniques in materials like steel and aluminum. Think back to chairs by Charles & Ray Eames or Arne Jacobsen. Foutu Tissu is also interested in the bright furniture of the sixties that came in plastic with psychedelic curves. In order to create textiles for its furniture collections and accessories, the company loves juxtaposing the sixties' whimsical, repetitive, and trippy swirl patterns with the designs and styles of fifties furniture. This is clearly shown through their preference for tapered legs, walnut wood, and plush, overstuffed furniture pieces. Fabric-wise, the company likes printing on velvet, which allows for vivid hues and precise lines. Foutu Tissu creates retro-modern art that's always current in terms of style and comfort.

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