Good design is not only functional but part of a story and, as every project is a unique opening or perspective, a new opportunity in the world, Frédéric Sofia has swung between design and art since setting up his first self-publishing company, Wombat, in 1994. Born in Lyon in 1967, a mechanical engineering graduate with a degree in marketing, he is now a Paris-based designer who approaches his discipline through close contacts in industry and the wider economy, guided by his insatiable desire to feel useful rather than a need to be vaunted. From industrial products to works of art produced in collaboration with Catherine Sofia, this playful yet rational Jack-of-all-trades roams intuitively between the worlds of design and contemporary art. From simple graphics to complex narrative pieces, structural realism to formal aesthetics, from the Luxembourg chair designed for Fermob to the Domestic series exhibited in galleries, his not-so-naïve look at modern society is materialized through creations that are sometimes provocative without being polemic. From critical success to commercial success, the trans-disciplinary reflection and approach of Frédéric Sofia has been consolidated since becoming an independent designer in 2000. Through an array of perceptive and practical projects, all of them informed by constant and detailed research, his aim is always to improve daily life and to consider the multiplicity of uses within an object, all the while bringing feeling, magic and emotion to the table. Working at the crossroads of disciplines, he questions, reinvents and diverts, never neglecting to combine the techniques of the designer with the reflection and methods of the artist.

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Frederic Sofia / / FC Sofia

2016

Exposition collective "La valeur du design" - Cité du design de Saint Etienne Exposition collective "Masques" - Twenty Two Gallery, Lyon Art Paris - Galerie Cédric Bacqueville, Lille

2014

RedDot Design Award collective exhibition - Red Dot Design Museum, Essen - Germany Solo exhibition « FC SOFIA » - Cedric Bacqueville gallery, Lille – France
SCOPE New York - Debuck gallery, New York

2013

Art Miami - Debuck gallery, New York Auction for the 20th anniversary of Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center Benefit, New York Collective exhibition «Italia Francia - L’innocence du réel», Pietrasanta - Italy Collective exhibition «Inauguration partagée» - Cedric Bacqueville gallery, Lille – France
Art Palm Beach - Debuck gallery, New York Slick Art Fair Brussels - Cedric Bacqueville gallery, Lille – France

2012

Solo exhibition «Parade» - Debuck gallery, New York Art Southampton, Debuck gallery, New York Solo exhibition «Ennemis favoris», Laurent Strouk gallery, Paris Art Miami, Debuck gallery, New York Collective exhibition – Theillard Fondation, Genova Exhibition «Domestic» - Centre Pompidou-Metz Youth area exhibition «Materi oh!» - Centre Pompidou-Metz Kids art workshop «Custom Domestic» - Centre Pompidou-Metz Teens art workshop «Pop Autoportrait» - Centre Pompidou-Metz

2011

Scope New York - Rize Art gallery, Amsterdam Art Chicago - Rize Art gallery, Amsterdam Collective exhibition «Picasso forever» - Laurent Strouk gallery, Paris Collective exhibition «Any which way» - Bel-air gallery, Genève Collective exhibition «Labels VIA» - VIA, Paris

2010

Scope Miami - Rize Art gallery, Amsterdam Guy Hepner, Los Angeles Rize Art gallery, Amsterdam Collective exhibition «Aix en oeuvres», Aix en Provence - France
Collective exhibition «Heart» - Laurent Strouk gallery, Paris Art Paris - Laurent Strouk gallery, Paris Collective exhibition «Labels VIA», Paris & Milan - VIA, Paris

2009

Art Paris - Laurent Strouk gallery, Paris Solo exhibition «Bling Bang!» - Laurent Strouk gallery, Paris

2007

Solo exhibition «God save the earth» - Laurent Strouk gallery, Paris Solo exhibition «Promo» - R’Pure gallery, New York

2006

Acquisition of Luxembourg range by the FNAC (Fond National d’Art Contemporain) Collective exhibition «Observeur du Design» - Cité des Sciences, Paris Collective exhibition «Labels VIA», Paris & Milan - VIA, Paris

2005

Exhibition «Promo» - Colette, Paris Collective exhibition «Videhome» - VIA, Paris Collective exhibition «Labels VIA», Paris & Milan - VIA, Paris

2004

Collective exhibition «VIA Grants», Paris & Milan - VIA, Paris

2003

Collective exhibition «Labels VIA», Paris et Milan - VIA, Paris Collective exhibition «French Creative Ceramic», Tokyo - Intramuros, Paris Collective exhibition «Placenta» - BETC EURO RSCG, Paris

2001

Collective exhibition «VIA Grants», Paris & Milan - VIA, Paris

1996

Collective exhibition «Design Year Book» - Foke Museum, Brême - Germany Collective exhibition «Luminaire, 100 ans d’édition Française» - VIA, Paris

1994

Collective exhibition "Design for Europe", Biennale Interieur 94 - Kortrijk, Belgium

FC content

2015

Hauser, (02/2015), Germany


2014

Intramuros, (01/ 2014), France
Coté maison.fr, (16/07/2014), France
Decormag.com, (08/2014), France
Home Magazine, (07/2014), France
Le journal de la Maison, (07/2014), France
Maison Française Magazine, (07/2014), France
L’Officiel, (hors série 1000 modèles 2014), France
Tendances Magazine, (06/2014), France
Belle, (17/06/2014), France
Bricoler du Coté de la Maison, (05/2014), France
Extérieurs Design Magazine, (n°37, 2014), France
Coté piscine, (04/2014), France
Ideat, (hors série 04/2014), France
Intramuros, (The best of design 2014), France
Investissement conseils, (03/2014), France
La revue des comptoirs, (03/2014), France
NDA Magazine, (07/2014), France
Jalouse, (09/2014), France
Elle Décoration, (supplément 12/2014), France
Le Figaro, (numéro spécial 27/11/2014), France
Extérieur Design Magazine, (n°41 2014), France
Home Fashion News, (06/2014), France
M Le magazine du Monde, (26/07/2014), France
Hauser, (10/2014), Germany
Martha Stewart Living, (10/2014), Germany
Garten trend, (12/2014), Germany
Solebich.de, (12/2014), Germany
Spectrooms, (08/2014), Switzerland
Maisons et Ambiances, (07/2014), Switzerland
Schöner Wohnen, (07/2014), Switzerland
Espaces contemporains, (12/2014), Switzerland
Mad & Bolig, (08/2014), Denmark
Emirates Home, (06/2014), UAE
Time out, (07/2014), Dubai
Westernliving, (05/2014), Canada
Möbel!Trends, (style guide 2014), Germany
Wohngluck, (01/2014), Germany
Dega Galabau, (01/2014), Germany
Das Haus.de, (02/2014), Germany
Schoner Wohnen, (03/2014), Germany
Gala, (03/2014), Germany
HOME, (04/2014), Germany
Lea Wohnen, (04/2014), Germany
Living at home, (04/2014), Germany
Stillvoll wohnen, (04/2014), Germany
Wohn!Design, (outdoor 2014), Germany
Zuhause wohnen, (04/2014), Germany
Elle decoration, (05/2014), Germany
HOME, (05/2014), Germany
Lisa Wohnen & Dekorienen, (05/2014), Germany
Wohnidee, (05/2014), Germany
HOME, (06/2014), Germany
Stylepark.com, (06/2014), Germany
Joy, (07/2014), Germany
Closer, (07/2014), Germany
Maisons et Ambiances, (03/2014), Switzerland
Espaces contemporains, (05/2014), Switzerland
Schweizer garten, (05/2014), Switzerland
Die Vorarlbergerin, (03/2014), Austria
HOME, (05/2014), Australia
BostonMagazine.com, (spring 2014), USA
DWELL, (03/2014), USA
Style MD, (04/2014), USA
The Times Picayune, (04/2014), USA
Casualliving.com, (05/2014), USA
Elle Decor, (06/2014), USA
House Beautiful, (06/2014), USA
San Diego Magazine, (05/2014), USA
Boston Sunday Globe, (07/2014), USA
Canadianinteriors.com, (02/2014), Canada
Vogue living, (01/2014), Australia
Sundaystyle, (01/2014), Australia
Elle Decoration, (06/2014), Belgium
Identity, (03/2014), UAE
Atrium, (04/2014), Slovakia
Bast Home, (05/2014), Turkey
Elle Decoration, (04/2014), Sweden


2013

Un je ne sais quoi deco.fr, (13/07/2013), France
Idealo.fr, (22/02/2013), France
Fashion Addict.com, (21/02/2013), France
TGV Magazine, (07/2013), France
Prima Maison, (07/2013), France
Marie Claire Idées, (07/2013), France
Architecture à Vivre, (Hors Série 06/2013), France
Résidences Décoration, (N°112), France
Decodesign, (hors série été), France
Le Journal de la Maison, (06/2013), France
Marie Claire Maison, (hors série 06/2013), France
Extérieurs design magazine, (05/2013), France
Bricoler du coté de la maison, (05/2013), France
Marie Claire Maison, (05/2013), France
FigaroScope, (22/05/2013), France
7 Officiel, (21/05/2013), France
AD, (05/2013), France
Challenges, (25/04/2013), France
Home Magazine, (04/2013), France
Ideat, (hors série 04/2013), France
Maisons Coté Est, (03/2013), France
Domodeco, (03/2013), France
Maison & Jardin, (02/2013), France
Decodesign, (hors série hivers 2012/2013), France
Extérieurs Design Magazine, (01/2013), France
Intramuros Guide, (2013), France
Le Monde.fr, (3/05/2013), France
M Le magazine du Monde, (4/05/2013), France
Intramuros, (05/2013), France
M Le magazine du Monde, (15/06/2013), France
Le Monde.fr, (14/06/2013), France
Les Echos, (17/07/2013), France
Maison.com, (20/08/2013), France
Le courrier du meuble et de l’habitat, (11/2013), France
Femme Actuelle Jeux, (09/2013), France
Vivre sa maison, (automne 2013), France
Coté piscine, (08/2013), France
Antiquités Brocante, (08/2013), France
Freundin Donna, (08/2013), Germany
Lisa Wohnen & Dekorienen, (08/2013), Germany
Mobel Kultur, (08/2013), Germany
Brigitte.de, (09/2013), Germany
Zuhause Wohnen, (09/2013), Germany
Raum 5, (Köln design guide, 11/2013), Germany
Wohn!Design, (04/2013), Germany
Schoner wohnen, (08/2013), Germany
France today, (09/2013), USA
Elle Decoration, (10/2013), China
Lisa Blumen und Pflanzen, (01/2013), Germany
Arcade, (01/2013), Germany
Genussraum, (01/2013), Germany
Kolner stadt, (01/2013), Germany
Kolnische rundschau, (01/2013), Germany
Garten spass, (02/2013), Germany
Living at home, (02/2013), Germany
Möbelmarkt, (02/2013), Germany
Mobel Kultur, (02/2013), Germany
Stylepark.com, (02/2013), Germany
Brigitte, (02/2013), Germany
AD, (03/2013), Germany
Garden Style, (03/2013), Germany
Bloom's, (03/2013), Germany
Wohn!Design, (03/2013), Germany
HOME, (04/2013), Germany
Haus& Wellness, (04/2013), Germany
Hauser, (04/2013), Germany
Luxus wohnen, (04/2013), Germany
Romantisch wohnen, (04/2013), Germany
Schoner wohnen, (04/2013), Germany
Schaufenster, (04/2013), Germany
Couch, (05/2013), Germany
Country, (05/2013), Germany
Exklusive hauser, (05/2013), Germany
Flair, (05/2013), Germany
Luna, (05/2013), Germany
Porzellan & Glas, (05/2013), Germany
Schoner wohnen, (05/2013), Germany
AD, (06/2013), Germany
Casamania, (06/2013), Germany
Freundin Donna, (06/2013), Germany
Wand & Beet, (06/2013), Germany
Flair, (07/2013), Germany
Joy, (07/2013), Germany
Smart homes, (04/2013), Germany
Wohnen, (03/2013), Germany
Zuhause wohnen, (07/2013), Germany
Espaces contemporains, (01/2013), Switzerland
HOME, (02/2013), Switzerland
Freude AM garten, (03/2013), Switzerland
Le Nouvelliste, (03/2013), Switzerland
Herbarella Gartenkultur, (03/2013), Switzerland
Schoner wohnen, (04/2013), Switzerland
Espaces contemporains, (04/2013), Switzerland
Freude AM Garten, (05/2013), Switzerland
Maisons & Ambiances, (05/2013), Switzerland
Schweitzer Garten, (05/2013), Switzerland
Trendmagazin Gartenidee, (05/2013), Switzerland
Das Ideale Heim, (06/2013), Switzerland
Atrium, (07/2013), Germany
Long Life Magazine, (07/2013), Switzerland
Diva Wohnen, (03/2013), Austria
OO Nachrichten, (03/2013), Austria
Leben & Wohnen, (03/2013), Austria
Garten magazin, (04/2013), Austria
HOME, (04/2013), Austria
Lucia Klamor blog, (04/2013), Austria
Kurier, (05/2013), Austria
Architektur & Bau Forum, (06/2013), Austria
Voralberger Nachrichten, (06/2013), Austria
Interior Design NY, (01/2013), USA
Hearth & Home NH, (02/2013), USA
Dwell CA, (04/2013), USA
Hospitality design NY, (04/2013), USA
Bucks County Courier Times PA, (04/2013), USA
Sandusky register OH, (04/2013), USA
Georgia Times-Union FL, (04/2013), USA
Interior design NY, (05/2013), USA
Casual Living NC, (06/2013), USA
HGTV magazine NY, (06/2013), USA
Living etc, (07/2013), USA
H&G, (07/2013), USA
Homes & Property, (07/2013), UK
Harmonies, (06/2013), Lebanon
Vogue Australia, (01/2013), Australia
Archichannel.com, (01/2013), Australia
Archichannel.com, (03/2013), Australia
Deco Idees, (04/2013), Belgium
Actief wonen, (04/2013), Belgium
Deco Idees, (07/2013), Belgium
360 West magazine TX, (05/2013), USA
Home & Garden, (02/2013), Netherlands
Living magazine, (06/2013), China
Elle decoration, (07/2013), Czech Republic
Ideal House, (07/2013), Poland
Vero casa, (01/2013), Italy
AD, (03/2013), Italy
Barche, (03/2013), Italy
Casaviva, (03/2013), Italy
G Casa, (03/2013), Italy
HOME, (03/2013), Italy
Interni, (03/2013), Italy
Verde facile, (03/2013), Italy
L'Espresso, (03/2013), Italy
Casa facile, (04/2013), Italy
Case & Country, (04/2013), Italy
Case & Stili, (04/2013), Italy
Cose di casa, (04/2013), Italy
Vero casa, (04/2013), Italy
Ville Giardini, (04/2013), Italy
Gente, (04/2013), Italy
Bravacasa, (05/2013), Italy
Casaviva, (05/2013), Italy
Case & Stili, (05/2013), Italy
Elle decor, (05/2013), Italy
Gardiena, (05/2013), Italy
Madre, (05/2013), Italy
Corriere della sera Style, (06/2013), Italy
Ville Giardini, (05/2013), Italy
Corriere della sera, (05/2013), Italy
Bravacasa, (06/2013), Italy
Case & Stili, (06/2013), Italy
Gioia, (06/2013), Italy
Casa facile, (07/2013), Italy
Vero casa, (07/2013), Italy
Interni Magazine, (07/2013), Italy
Casa 24, (07/2013), Italy


2012

L’Express.fr, (10/09/2012), France
Marie Claire Maison.com, (12/08/2012), France
Marie Claire Maison.com, (10/08/2012), France
Marie Claire Maison.com, (4/08/2012), France
Marie Claire Maison.com, (27/07/2012), France
L’Arca International, (11/2012), Monaco
Coté piscine, (12/2012), France
Extérieurs Design Magazine, (11/2012), France
Maisons & Décors, (08/2012), France
Home Magazine, (08/2012), France
Möbel Kultur, (spring 2012), Germany
Möbel!Trends, (guide 2012), Germany
Wohnidee Wohnen, (02/2012), Germany
Kolner Illustrierte, (01/2012), Germany
Living at home.de, (spring 2012), Germany
Schöner Wohnen, (spring 2012), Germany
Family Home, (03/2012), Germany
AD, (03/2012), Germany
Country, (03/2012), Germany
Schöner Wohnen, (04/2012), Germany
Architektur & Wohnen, (04/2012), Germany
Deco Home, (04/2012), Germany
Trierischer volksfreund, (03/2012), Germany
Renovieren & Energiesparen, (04/2012), Germany
Wohn!Design, (04/2012), Germany
Arcade, (03/2012), Germany
Smart homes, (03/2012), Germany
Landshut geniessen, (04/2012), Germany
Wohnidee Wohnen, (06/2012), Germany
Wohn!Design, (06/2012), Germany
Frankreich magazin, (spring 2012), Germany
Das magazin der kreativen inneneinricht, (06/2012), Germany
Brigitte, (06/2012), Germany
Lisa, (06/2012), Germany
Schoner Wohnen, (07/2012), Germany
Zuhause Wohnen, (07/2012), Germany
Wohnidee Wohnen, (07/2012), Germany
Elle decor, (spring 2012), Italy
Ville & Casali, (spring 2012), Italy
Garden & Country, (spring 2012), Italy
Leonardo case & stili, (04/2012), Italy
Home, (spring 2012), Italy
Interni, (04/2012), Italy
Archiportale, (04/2012), Italy
Archiproducts, (04/2012), Italy
Design & Style, (04/2012), Italy
Vanity Fair, (04/2012), Italy
Elle decor, (spring 2012), Italy
G Casa, (07/2012), Italy
Brava Casa, (spring 2012), Italy
Elle Decor, (spring 2012), Italy
Acmedynasty.com, (04/2012), China
Metropolis NY, (02/2012), USA
Via Airport Journal, (03/2012), Austria
OGZ Cafe Journal, (03/2012), Austria
Garten magazin, (03/2012), Austria
Besser Wohnen, (05/2012), Austria
Wienerin, (06/2012), Austria
Arcade, (09/2012), Germany
Stil & Markt, (10/2012), Germany
Stil & Markt, (11/2012), Germany
Wohn!Design, (11/2012), Germany
RZ Raum & Ausstattung, (12/2012), Germany
The Sun MD, (08/2012), USA
The Times NJ, (10/2012), USA
Harmonies, (09/2012), Lebanon
Boligdrom, (10/2012), Norway
South asia Building, (11/2012), Singapore
VT Wonen, (09/2012), Netherlands
Casa in fiore, (08/2012), Italy
Casa facile, (08/2012), Italy
Elle decor, (09/2012), Italy
Interni, (09/2012), Italy
Vero casa, (10/2012), Italy
Case & Country, (12/2012), Italy


2011

Marie Claire Maison.com, (07/2011), France
Le Figaro Madame.fr, (05/2011), France
Extérieurs Design Magazine, (07/2011), France
Maisons Coté Ouest, (06/2011), France
Design Home, (06/ 2011), France
Architecture à Vivre, (05/2011), France
Prima Maison, (05/2011), France
Marie Claire Maison, (05/2011), France
L’Art des Jardin, (05/2011), France
Elle Décoration, (05/2011), France
Maisons Coté Sud, (05/2011), France
Elle, (04/2011), France
Express Style, (spécial design 04/2011), France
Vivre Coté Terrasses & jardins, (03/2011), France
Maison à Part, (01/2011), France
Archistorm, (07/2011), France
L’Arca international, (05/2011), Monaco
Décisions, (03/2011), France
Decodesign, (08/2011), France
Le Monde Magazine, (10/09/2011), France
Portraits d’Artistes, (09/2011), France
Le Figaro Madame, (23/04/ 2011), France
Arcade, (septembre 2011), Germany
Casa Deco, (septembre 2011), Germany
Möbelmarkt, (aout 2011), Germany
Stylepark.com, (juillet 2011), Germany
Wohnidee Wohnen, (octobre 2011), Germany
Möbel Kultur, (octobre 2011), Germany
Stil & Markt, (novembre 2011), Germany
Schöner Wohnen, (printemps 2011), Germany
Freudin, (printemps 2011), Germany
Wohnidee Wohnen, (n°21, 2011), Germany
Elle, (spring 2011), Belgium
The outdoor stylist, (06/2011), USA
DesignCatalog, (01/2011), Singapore
Harmonies, (spring 2011), Lebanon
Home & Gardening, (03/2011), Germany
AD, (03/2011), Germany
Gartenfreund, (03/2011), Germany
Madame, (04/2011), Germany
Lisa Blumen und Pflanzen, (04/2011), Germany
Schweizer garten, (04/2011), Switzerland
Casa deco, (05/2011), Germany
Schoner wohnen, (05/2011), Germany
Actief wohnen, (05/2011), Belgium
Fur sie, (05/2011), Germany
Bizz.be, (05/2011), Belgium
Trends.be, (05/2011), Belgium
Elle deco, (06/2011), Germany
Schoner wohnen, (06/2011), Germany
Mobel kultur, (06/2011), Germany
Stern, (09/06/2011), Germany
Hamburger abendblatt, (06/2011), Germany
Schoner wohnen, (07/2011), Germany


2010

Le Courrier du Meuble et de l’Habitat, (10/2010), France
Déco In.com, (12/2010), France
Home Projets, (10/2010), France
Le Journal de la Maison, (09/2010), France
Point de Vue, (08/2010), France
Décodesign, (07/2010), France
Living at home, (08/2010), Germany
Living at home, (09/2010), Germany
Schoner wohnen, (09/2010), Germany
The outdoor stylist.com, (08/2010), Germany
Grun, (12/2010), Germany


2009

Intramuros, (n°140 01/2009), France
Le Parisien Economie, (9/11/2009), France
Le Monde, (23/07/2009), France


2008

The Observer Magazine, (05/2008), UK
House & Garden, (06/2008), UK


2007

Design Report, (spécial IMM 2007), Germany
Frame.com, (09/2007), Netherlands
France-Amérique, (octobre 2007), France
MD, (01/2007), Germany
L’Officiel, (hors série 1000 modèles 2006/2007), France


2006

Elle décoration, (01/2006), France
Elle décoration, (hors série spécial tendances 2006), France
A nous Paris, (27/02/2006), France


2005

Elle Décoration, (07/2005), France
Etapes, (10/2005), France
Têtu, (12/2005), France
Marie Claire Maison, (10/2005), France
Mixte, (08/2005), France


2004/1996

Marie Claire Maison, (12/2004), France
Résidences décorations, (n°47, 2003), France
Marie Claire Maison, (03/2003), France
Case da Abitare, (03/2002), Italy
Intramuros, (12/2002), France
Résidences décoration, (n°43, 2002), France
Intramuros, (05/2001), France
InteriorView, (n°13, 1999), UK
International Design Yearbook 1997, UK
FX, (03/1996), UK