Noé Duchaufour Lawrance’s work is inspired by Art Nouveau; when working the designer tries to rely on natural forms. He also believes the notion of total art is fundamental to any creation; he does not set any limits to the projects he works on. He has conceived beautiful objects for design manufacturers (Bernhardt Design, Ceccotti Collezionni, Ligne Roset, Pleyel, Tachini, Zanotta…), has designed harmonious living spaces (Air France Lounges, Ciel de Paris, Senderens, Megu at The Alpina Gstaad, La Transumance Chalet…) and has even worked on brand design and conceived window displays for prestigious brands (Paco Rabanne, YSL Beauté, Perrier Jouët)
1/ Can you introduce yourself?
I am a designer and interior designer but I am open to any kind of other creative collaboration if the propositions are consistent with my style.
2/ How do you define design?
To me, design is the alchemy between the producer (a manufacturer, an industrial brand), the tool; craftsmanship or industrial production, the function of the object, and the story that must be told by each project in order to generate the emotion related to the use of the object and a certain harmony in our environment. The balance of these elements will determine the legitimacy of the production of an object.
3/ Must design necessarily be functional?
Absolutely! To me, a design object is not a work of art. But it does not mean that the function is a limit. The shape, the material chosen may complete the object, it will impose a new approach, a different dimension. A strong line, well connected to our environment and our body can make us move and apprehend space differently. In the very codified sector of function and industry, it is very important to offer alternatives that make way for a progressive evolution.
4/ What do you dream of designing?
I dream to design architectural object offering a sea view.
5/ Your next project?
My agenda is quite full for the months to come… I’ll be a part of the AD Magazine collective exhibit to be held at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in September. On this occasion, I have created a dreamlike closet; a space of sensitive contemplation, that interacts with its user.
I have created a knife for the brand Perceval, it will be presented in September at Maison et Objets in Paris and Paris Design Week.
I’m working on the stage set of Scènes d’Intérieur, another design Fair to be held in September that includes a light and sound show by Vincent Tordjamn.
The branding for a luxury Maison.
The suite of a Parisian Palace.
I’m designing a lounge space for an office building in Paris.
I’m doing a project for an architectural object in Camargue with local chef Armand Arnal.
I’m also working of creating a new bottle and packaging for a perfume, a furniture collection for Bernhardt design, a series of objects for a crystal manufacturer, and another furniture collection for a luxury brand.