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Galerie BSL : « Naturoscopie » – Solo show Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance

At Design Miami/Basel, then in Paris as of September 8th, Galerie BSL presents ‘Naturoscopie,’ a collection of limited edition pieces created especially for this event by the French designer and interior architect Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance. With this work, the designer is resolutely committed to go beyond a literal transcription of nature to rekindle the impressions and sensations that we all feel in facing certain natural phenomena.

In this collection, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance puts into perspective an idea of nature which is not imitated or represented, but is rather harnessed, sensed and recreated. Here, the function of the design object (to light, to place, to reflect…) is infused with a primary emotional imprint, that of nature when the sunlight creeps through the foliage of a tree, when the sky changes with the wind, when the image of a sunset overwhelms the sensitive surface of our memories. Simplicity and universality are conveyed thanks to synthetic materials such as carbon fibre, plexiglas and polyamide, rather than natural materials, via the technology of LEDs and their digital programming rather than a gesture of Arte Povera. The organic shapes of the pieces, fluid yet structured, support and extend this sensory experience.

‘Naturoscopie’ is above all reminiscence, a personal, as well as universal, Proust’s Madeleine. Design asserts itself as a vector of impressions, an image developer, a receptacle and a transmitter of emotions. ”There are moments, days, during which it is possible, so to speak by surprise, to capture fragments of everyday life which correspond exactly with the reality of our sensations.” Carlo Mollino

Naturoscopie I – Shelf

This shelf takes its inspiration from basic structures found in nature. From the cell to the star and planetary systems, the universe is formed of elements in networks and interconnected materials. This design piece interprets and shows the fundamental structure of life, whether envisaged on a microscopic or macroscopic level.

H/212 x L/247 x W/55 cm

Carbon fibre, paint and soft touch varnish, aluminium honeycomb, copper.

Galerie BSL edition of 8 + 4 AP.


Naturoscopie II – Lights

This set of lights corresponds with the responsive transcription of the sun when it filters through tree foliage. Within each head, the sequence of the LEDs and their reflection on mirrors and coloured surfaces interpret this natural movement, in a both fugitive and perennial temporality. The light asserts itself in the form of sparkles and bright or mellow green, yellow or silver fragments.

In the mural compositions, the foliage pattern unfurls flat, on a single level parallel to the wall, the articulations of the heads making different positions possible. With the ceiling fixtures, the volume of the foliage opens out, the modules connecting at different heights.

4 wall hangings, with 2 and 3 heads:

H/175 x L/95 x W/14 cm (2 heads)

H/75 x L/135 x W/14 cm (2 heads)

H/140 x L/195 x W/14 cm (3 heads)

H/165 x L/105 x W/14 cm (3 heads)

3 ceiling fixtures, with 2, 3 and 5 heads:

H/33 x L/117 x W/78 cm (2 heads)

H/32 x L/165 x W/99 cm (3 heads)

H/38 x L/208 x W/154 cm (5 heads)

Stainless steel, fibreglass, mirrors, paint and soft touch varnish, light diffusing plexiglas, LEDs. Two versions regarding the light diffusing plexiglas: matte finish or gloss finish. Galerie BSL edition of 8 + 4 AP for each version.

Naturoscopie III – Two coffee tables and a mirror

Each of these objects functions like a photographic black box, a developer of images and emotions. The perception of a landscape, of a changing sky, a sunset or an aurora borealis is supported by the partial, moving and colored vision of a photograph that is concealed inside.

What is important here is not the image itself, but the impressions contained in a past moment, in a souvenir kept alive thanks to the object which houses it and the lighting system implemented. The Led spots alternately dance across the printed surface. The photograph is never totally visible. The experience of the object thus becomes progressive, leaving the spectator free to project himself into his own sensory memory.

Coffee Tables

H/35 x L/130 x W/70 cm

H/35 x L/200 x W/45 cm

Light diffusing plexiglas, smoked plexiglas, solid surface and medium, printed plexiglas mirror, LEDs.

Galerie BSL edition of 8 + 4 AP.


H/186 x L/25.1 x W/45 cm

Light diffusing plexiglas, transparent film, one-way smoked mirror, LEDs.

Galerie BSL edition of 8 + 4 AP.

Naturoscopie IV – Light

A cloud appears to have been captured within this light. This image is created by the activity of the alveoli and their differential depth inside the object. The cellular framework thus creates progressive shadow effects, imitating the shape of a moving cloud through optical and kinetic effects.

H/25 x L/55 x W/14 cm

Polyamide honeycomb, solid surface, LEDs.

Galerie BSL edition of 8 + 4 AP.

Galerie BSL Established in Paris in the Haut-Marais, Galerie BSL presents one-off and limited-edition pieces that explore the shifting borders between contemporary art, design and architecture, thus modeling and nurturing new frontiers in design. The gallery commissions and showcases both established names and emerging talent working in today’s international design scene, including Nacho Carbonell, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Charles Kalpakian, among others. Rare vintage 20th century lighting and designer jewellery produced for the gallery complete this avant-garde and exclusive world. Directed by Béatrice Saint-Laurent, Galerie BSL was an honoree at the ‘Best of Year’ awards 2010 selected by Interior Design magazine (United States) for the originality of its concept, as well as its interior design by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance.


Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance A graduate of the ENSAD (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris), Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance was appointed in 2002, at the age of 26, artistic director of the famous restaurant Sketch in London. Since then he has continued to develop his own aesthetic language, made up of sculptural and sensual curves. In 2005 he designed the new Alain Senderens restaurant, he has just redesigned the restaurant at the top of the Tour Montparnasse and is currently designing the dining-room devoted to tasting Château Yqem at the Hôtel Meurice (opening planned for September 2012). The greatest international design producers call upon Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance’s talent, whose work is produced by Bernhardt Design in the United States, Zanotta and Ceccotti Collezioni in Italy, as well as Cinna, Baccarat and Ligne Roset in France.

Selection of prizes and awards:

-“Red Dot Award Product design 2011” for the “Corvo” chair / Bernhardt Design

-“Gold award for the Best of Neocon 2010” for the “Corvo” chair / Bernhardt Design

-Winner of  “L’Empreinte de l’Année” of the “Talents du luxe et de la création 2010”, Paris

- 2009 Prize “Elle Déco International Design Awards”

-“Wallpaper Design Awards 2009” for the “Buonanotte Valentina” bed / Ceccotti Collezioni

-Designer of the year 2007 ‘Scènes d’intérieur,’ Maison & Objet, Paris

-“Tatler Restaurant award, Best Design” for Sketch restaurant, London

‘Naturoscopie’ – Solo show Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance

Galerie BSL, stand G12, Design Miami/Basel, Basel

12 to 17 June 2012 – Preview: Monday, 11 June 2012


Galerie BSL, 23 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris

8 September 2012 to 15 December 2012

Press Afternoon: Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Preview: Saturday, 8 September 2012