Naturoscopie by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance
by Harry / June 11, 2012

Designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance will be showing a series of objects infused with a sense of nature, but made entirely of synthetic materials, at Design Miami/Basel this week.

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Naturoscopie II lights

The limited edition Naturoscopie collection includes shelving, lighting, coffee tables and a mirror made of carbon fibre, plexiglas and polyamide.


Says Galerie BSL, which will be showing the works, "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."


Naturoscopie II is a set of lights that "corresponds with the responsive transcription of the sun when it filters through tree foliage." Within each element, the sequence of 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."


Naturoscopie I shelf

"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."


Naturoscopie III mirror

Each of the Naturoscopie III objects functions like a photographic black box, a developer of images and emotions (see also the tables below). "The perception of a landscape, of a changing sky, a sunset or an aurora borealis is supported by the partial, moving and coloured vision of a photograph printed on aluminium and concealed inside."


Naturoscopie III coffee table

"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."


Naturoscopie IV light

A cloud appears to have been captured within Naturoscopie IV, above. "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."

Naturoscopie will be shown at the Galerie BSL stand (G12) at Design Miami/Basel, in Basel, Switzerland from June 12 to 17, 2012.


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