noe duchaufour-lawrence


Parisian designer and interior architect Noé Duchaufour-Lawrence has caught my eye with several projects that elegantly demonstrate the transition of architectural lighting systems from discrete, inanimate objects to interactive embedded luminous systems.

Dezeen recently covered an installation titled Naturoscopie II by Duchaufour-Lawrence at Design Miami 2012.  Leaf-like LED lighting, installed in an organic arrangement on the wall, fades and flickers like dappled light coming through trees. LEDs behind the acrylic “leaves” slowly brighten and fade to reflect different background colors.

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Another interesting piece in the installation is a luxurious, glossy black coffee table that is made of black translucent plastics with animated internal lighting effects.  Almost like foggy clouds of different colors magically appear through the dark surface.


Here’s a video of the installation:

‘Naturoscopie’ collection by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance from Galerie BSL on Vimeo.

Another really interesting project from the designer is the Air France business lounge at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. I love the patterns of light integrated into the wall panels.  No technical information is on Duchaufour-Lawrence’s site, but I imagine those are CNC-cut laminates over a white acrylic with some sort of light box behind.


Finally, I love his design for Ceil de Paris.  Mirrors with warm color temperature luminous halos.

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