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CovetED Exclusive Interview with Noé Duchaufour-LawrenceTuesday 6 February 2018
CovetED Exclusive Interview with Noé Duchaufour-Lawrence ⇒ Noé Duchaufour-Lawrence specialises in providing both environments and objects. Working on a wide variety of projects, from a collection of furniture for Ceccotti to a lighting design for Baccarat as well as a hotel in Marrakech, the designer has created his own particular design language following a style that is best defined as being natural, flexible, organic and organised. During Maison et Objet 2018, CovetED had the immense pleasure to sit down with Lawrence and learn a little bit more about him in an exclusive interview, so take a look.
Duchaufour-Lawrence first discovered the world of design when he was 13, as he took a look at a Philippe Starck catalogue, and he immediately became intrigued by it and thought that there was something to do there, especially regarding furniture. So as time went by, he started to drawing and designing objects. Another happening that propelled his knowledge and passion for design was when his stepfather brought an article from the UK about the Israeli designer and architect, Ron Arad, and it was then that he really discover this whole culture of designing and he was really impressed by this world. So these two creators were really the basis for his understanding in design.
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Although the designer does not have a specific type of design that he likes the most, he often works on a lot of armchairs and sofas, also disclosing that “the hardest part is lighting design. I think it’s more complex than what you think … There’s a sort of correlation between efficiency and beauty and quality of light.”
Regarding recent and future projects, the designer has plenty on his mind, starting with a series of products for St. Louis Crystal which will be launched in 2019; designing furniture pieces for an art gallery in Rome; apartment furniture for a private client in the USA; exclusive pieces for a police building in Soho, New York, and this one is being developed in collaborating with the renowned architect, Annabelle Selldorf.
Duchaufour-Lawrence also revealed that he is currently working one of his biggest projects to date, a massive house in the Hamptons, “it’s a very big project, it’s huge propriety 13 hectares and I’m working with a landscape designer for this project. We are working together to find a way to create a prolongation between architecture, interior design and landscape, so connecting all the dots.”
One of the aspects he loves the most about the whole design process is following the production, going to the places where they things are being made. He really enjoys the relationship created with craftsmen and developing an object with them. In addition, he also likes the idea of transferring parts and inspirations from nature inside his spaces and designs, “bringing these moments of inspiration through the furniture in a domestic environment.”
“I like the idea of bringing parts of nature inside or inspirations from nature … and bringing these moments of inspiration through the furniture in a domestic environment.”
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