As a clothing designer I have always been intrigued by the power of colors. A vibrant green, and a fresh pink can provoke in me incredible emotions. I can spend hours playing with gradations of blues and grays until I find exactly the right balance. When at last I reach this fragile point, I know in my core that it is right, and that it could not be any other combination of color, pattern or texture. This realization evokes a certain calm in my soul, a profound assurance, and an immense joy.
As such, Pillows are a natural evolution of my artistic work. I feel as if Pillow shapes have been given to me in the same way that a painter is given a frame; they are the starting point for my vision.
When designing a Pillow, I focus all of my energy on colors and textures, rediscovering 18th century Toile de Jouy patterns, embracing African wax motifs, or gathering flashy abstract fabric designs. I am happy knowing that I am able to facilitate these improbable encounters between ages and civilizations, between lines and curves, mixing a tender orange with an exotic yet serene purple.
It is quite difficult to express my happiness when I reflect upon my creations in my friends' living rooms, and how the textures I've hand selected now emerged into their personal world and life. Yet at the end of the day, what creates the most profound joy for me is when one of their children tells me proudly that they sleep much better with their Sylvie Pillows.
Sylvie Guieysse was born in Paris, France, where she studied style and design. Attracted by traditional costumes, her passion flourished during her numerous stays in the legendary cities of Samarkand and Bukhara, main legs of the Silk Road. It was on these trips that she discovered the original craft of Asian tapestries.
Sylvie designed theatre costumes for French directors, providing her with the opportunity to explore a broad range of styles and techniques.
Sylvie launched her Couture line in Paris, for which she developed 8 collections, fine-tuning a very personal style, a fusion of influences, bright colors, and geometric lines. Attracted by the motive more than the shape, she decided to focus her creation on home accessories, such as pillows, for which the shape is given. This allows her to put emphasize on colors and patterns.
Sylvie has been living in downtown Manhattan for 3 years with her husband. “I love the City for all it brings to me: energy, diversity, creativity, and a constant optimism”.