For this Friday Five, let's see where French designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance finds inspiration.
While multidisciplinary designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance was born in the South of France, he set up shop in Paris after earning a degree in Metal Sculpture from École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués before studying furniture design at Les Arts Décoratifs. His childhood rich in creativity, he was able to forge his own style, which he compares to niwa, the garden found in the heart of a Japanese home, as he brings an organic approach to the varied demands of each client or project. His furniture reflects his sculpture background, with a range of works for brands like Ciccotti, Hermès, and Bernhardt Design. Along with furniture design, Duchaufour-Lawrance designs restaurant, office, and retail space interiors, including the redesign of retail concept stores for heritage brand Montblanc. For this Friday Five, let’s see where the French designer finds inspiration.
I’ve been doing kitesurfing for almost 6 years now. It is really inspiring, the more I do it the more I need it. It washes my brain, the pleasure of the pure moment more than the performance. This gives me another point of view on how I want to live, and work. The way you do things is more important than the result. I know now that my ideal life is the perfect combination between family and friends + work + kitesurfing. This picture was during my last session in Tarifa, Spain.
My father was a sculptor, I didn?t have the chance to know him, but I had the legacy of some of his artwork and story. When I was around 13 years old, I decided to become a designer, but I wanted to understand the materials before designing anything. I did two years of sculpture on metal at school and then I went to art decorative school in Paris in the furniture design section. I don?t have a proper workshop but anytime I can work with my hands I do it – it is the direct wa...