Awaiting the presentation of his new pieces in Milan next month at Ceccotti Collezioni and Fasem, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance has been awarded with the Red Dot Design Award, in the Product Design 2011 category, for the Corvo chair produced by Bernhardt Design. Created in 1955, today the Red Dot Design Award is the most internationally renowned design prize. This year, about 4,500 products submitted by 60 countries were competing in the only category Product Design. With its beautiful duality Corvo is a technical achievement, the external structure of which is highlighted by straight and fine edges which join the feet to the back, bestowing it with both dynamism and perfect stability. In contrast, the inner surface of the armchair, the seat is all enveloping: a reassuring fluidity which suggests comfort perfectly. The Corvo will be exhibited from 4th July 2011 for one month at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen (Germany).
Designer and interior architect, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance has defined his own language using natural shapes which are supple, organic, fluid and structured at the same time. A double passion for the material and for the shape embodied by a double faceted course of studies: first of all following a course in Sculpture on Metal (at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Art), then design at the Arts Décoratifs in Paris. In response to a creatively rich past (his father was a sculptor), Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance very quickly displayed an unusual aesthetic quality, which stands out, beginning with the restaurant Sketch in Soho in 2002 where he served as artistic director, and his interior design was soon acclaimed by the international scene with his renowned egg-shaped toilets!
Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance henceforth seizes each project as a real opportunity to (re)define an aesthetic quality of his own. Rapidly putting his ideas into practice within a temple of haute French cuisine, he subjected Senderens (formerly known as Lucas Carton) to a first-rate face-lift. Inside, the luminous tables and engraved mirrors nestle within ancient wooden panelling in a decor where the in situ ceiling, reinterprets Majorelle’s lines. A successful gamble where Art Nouveau and design join forces in a contemporary world.
A key year when he was discovered by Maison & Objets and voted ‘Designer of the Year’ in 2007, the same year he left his mark upon the interior decor of the Maya Bar in Monaco, renovated the famous Maison Sénéquier in St Tropez and devised the new architectural identity of the Air France business class lounges, in partnership with Brandimage.
Since 2009, Noé has created the new architectural identity of Yves St Laurent Beauté and has been working on various small to large scale projects, from hotels to perfume bottles, like the best seller One Million for Paco Rabanne, followed by Lady Million.
Above all a designer, furnishing and objects are a permanent feature of his work for prestigious producers in France and Italy where he freely expresses his organic vocabulary, with the emblematic Manta desk in the furniture line for Ceccotti, with its elegant intertwined curved lines and ramifications. In parallel, he has designed Rémanence, a candelabra, for Baccarat and the Derby armchair for Zanotta.
2010 sees confirmation of his collaboration with Zanotta and Ceccotti, and success with new producers: Cinna with his Ottoman armchairs and sofa collection and Bernhardt Design with the Corvo chair, emblematic of the double interpretation that Noé wants to give his objects, bestowed with a Red Dot Design Award 2011. Collaborations acclaimed by the press and by his peers, awarded by Wallpaper and Elle Déco 2009 for the “Buonanotte valentina” bed with Ceccotti, as well as the Gold Award Neocon 2010 for Corvo with Bernhardt Design. Inaugurated in May 2010, galerie BSL is one of his latest interior architecture projects in Paris dedicated to design for which he created a huge ‘volute’ or spiral which is both a case and a display stand on an architectural scale. He has recently designed the interior of a chalet for private clients in the French Alps and is working on designing new places in Paris and abroad. So many projects which hallmark his approach to luxury with an organic, sculptural and sensual design where shapes and colours confront and caress each other blending together so well.