Once you walk into Frederique Picard’s Paris apartment in the 10th arrondissement, it’s easy to see that she knows a thing or two about the art collection. Almost every wall space, nook and shelf is adorned with paintings, prints and sculptures. “When I got my first salary at 21, I didn’t buy a pair of shoes,” says Frédérique, “I went to an auction and bought my first sculpture, which represented 80% of my salary. The piece, two halves of a gilded copper violin that can be found in her living room, was just the start of a lifelong passion.
As director of the long-established French women’s footwear and leather goods brand Carel, Frédérique constantly thinks of art and design. The shoes and his house can be described as classic but full of energy and youth. “My collection has to do with daring,” she says. “The same energy is in Carel. “
Just after the front door, a large yellow and white painting takes up almost an entire wall. Like an ideal museum facilitator, Frédérique can share a number of details about the artist – Claude Viallat – the backdrop, the Supports / Surfaces movement in the 1970s and the material – the industrial tarpaulin. “I like that art isn’t too formal or too straight. Not too determined, I like improvisation, ”she says.