After a media splash that lasted 5 years Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance is still able to surprise us… by settling down. Mature and no longer in need of the stimuli that accompanied his noisy début (The “Sketch” in London), he is a designer in full command of his visual and sensual vocabulary. 2010 will be a year of furniture for him, starting with Ligne Roset in January before Bernhardt Design, Ceccotti and Zanotta next April in Milan. All of these prestige makers identify with his approach to luxury objects, in which duality and melting lines compose a world as suave as a caress. This is organic design, almost erotic, that comes in a direct line from Carlo Molino, in pieces that are often sculptural and always dual. A touch of playfulness that Noé admits is part of his fascination ‘for that moment when a flirt can go one way (a love affair) or the other (nothing at all). When a piece is over designed, it lacks restraint and becomes a signature seller’. But here each line has the feel of perfection, soft as the horizon: a trace that marks clear and yet blurs, where masses, forms and colours come together and intermingle.
With the ‘Ottoman’ range, Noé revisits an Orient that has echoes in his own past – he once lived for a year in a fisherman’s hut on the beach at Rabat. Oriental languor and armchair travelling extend an invitation to picnic on the floor. Initially designed for a hotel in Marrakech, ‘Ottoman’ projects the Moroccan pouffe into the archetypal foam sofa according to Ligne Roset. The traditional motif is thrown into relief by a faceted effect that – unexpectedly – increases the comfort of the seat and accentuates the strong visual contrast in the two-tone version. Duality is present in soft surfaces and geometry, in generous forms and a new rendition of padding that is structuring yet comfortable.
Structure: injected foam & Bultex foam
Cover: plain or two-tone fabric or leather
– Armchair: 100 x 93 x 68 x 37 cm
– Sofa 2-seater:165 x 93 x 68 x 37 cm
– Sofa 3-seater: 200 x 93 x 68 x 37 cm
– Pouffe: 89 x 80 x 37 cm
Price Armchair from 1087 euros
Price Sofa 3-seater from 2443 euros
Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, an interior and product designer, was born in Mende (South of France) in 1974. Following the example of his sculptor father, he turned towards an artistic career at a young age. Having been raised in a creative environment, he soon defined a personal language using natural, supple, organic shapes which are fluid, yet structured. After obtaining a Metal Sculpture degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Art, he was accepted in the Furniture department of Paris’ Arts Décoratifs.
As an echo to his rich, creative background, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance pushes boundaries, undertaking unusual projects which enable him to refine and create a unique esthetic and approach. This was the case with the Sketch restaurant in Soho, London which launched his international design career in 2002. As the restaurant’s creative director, his bold design concept rapidly made Sketch one of the most sought-after venues on the international scene. His continued impetus and enthusiasm for his work help him realize whatever is proposed to him : any new project feeds his creative, burgeoning career. Sketch is a good example, at the time it was completed, he was only 27 years old.
In 2003, buoyed by this important project, he opened the Neonata Agency (signifying ‘new birth’) : a laboratory for ideas or pure research. With his team, he attempts to bring each interior design or design project to life, even down to the tiniest details. Always pushing the limits of design’s formal language, Noé sees each project as an opportunity to (re)define his own esthetic.Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance quickly used his skills for Senderens (formerly Lucas Carton), one of France’s high-end gastronomic ‘temples’, by giving it a top-quality face lift. The restaurant’s historic wood panels, luminous tables and engraved mirrors are echoed by a ceiling that reinterpets Majorelle’s lines in a successful conjugation of Art Nouveau and modern design.
2007, a pivotal year, saw Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance selected as ‘Designer of the Year’ at Maison & Objet ; at the same time, he designed the interior of the Maya Bar in Monaco, rejuvenated the illustrious Maison Sénéquier in St. Tropez and imagined the new architectural identity of Air France’s business class salons in collaboration with Brandimage.Working on projects with extreme variations in scale, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance is as comfortable designing perfume flasks as he is creating hotels. His projects include furniture and objects with fluid, airy lines. Taking inspiration from nature’s forms, his Down Side Up vases evoke curved stones, his ‘Landscape’ office furniture for Longchamp is shaped like a moving landscape, and his furniture line for Ceccotti – of which the Manta desk is the signature piece – is an elegant balance of tight curves and protrusions. He also designed the Rémanence light for Baccarat, the Derby chair for Zanotta and an ingot-shaped perfume flask for Paco Rabanne.
Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance maintains the essence of his philosophy : his goal is to create objects which make sense and plan spaces that tell a story. Thanks to his approach he is currently designing furniture for a select group of editors such as Bernardht Design and is in charge of the overall architectural style of YSL Beauté …