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Surprising, a Marée noire au clair de lune though by french designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrence invests the Pierre Bergé & Associés gallery.
Environment creator and objects designer, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrence created his agency Néonata in 2003 after having brought up within the artistic world. Since, the agency has signed lots of projects in Paris, London, St Tropez or Tokyo: so many restaurants, concept-stores or Air France airport lounges leading to a light aesthetics.Fluid and aerial, the features of his design are inspired by natural forms : his “Down Side Up” vases are round as pebbles, his “Glow’In” pedestal brought together as water drops and the furniture line that he has created for Ceccotti the Manta desk is definitely the emblematic piece – an elegant interlacing of curves and ramifications.
Influenced by nature, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrence reveals, for Marée noire au clair de lune, a limited serie of unique pieces inspired of a commodity full of ambivalence: petrol. “Marée noire au clair de lune appears to me as the manifest of a neurosis, a way between the beauty of creation and the darkness of its consequences” explains the designer.Thus, he designs here a serie of unique pieces that fears black colour and oil spill with force and poetry. Using black corian, the artist stages “life platforms”: matrixes of nine elements showing a setting including a bright moonlight, a golden insert and freeze waves, uncontrolled.
Shaped according to random movements, surfaces remind natural fossilized elements such as a lava flow coming out from the ground… and from these free forms raise a free use. “I wanted to arouse physical and sensorial reactions comparing it to the piece” says Noé Duchaufour-Lawrence.
The bright one-way mirror hanging lamps project liquid waves whereas other lights project rounded glints such as petrol drops falling on the water surface. On the ground, a wool and silk carpet features in an abstact way, the beauty of women curves as if a body was coming out from the water.
Created in collaboration with interior designer Valentina Pilia, two symmetric shells close on each-other: called “shells”, these two long chairs with a slender shape look like two stranded objects, highly stylished.Between shadows and lights, matt surfaces and oily reflects, black shines, flows and fluctuates, in touch with pieces, miming undertow movement. An oil spill, revealed by a moonlight, expressed with a poetic and artistic inner sense.
Marie Le Fort