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Thierry Dreyfus

Born in 1960, Thierry Dreyfus was only 19 when he debuted as light designer at the Strasbourg Opera House; and it took him little more than a couple of years to launch his eponymous studio in Paris, which soon became the go-to place for lighting design and artistic direction in the fashion world. Diane Von Furstenberg, Comme des Garçons, Yves Saint-Laurent, Dior, Marni, Calvin Klein, Chloé and Victoria Beckham, to name but a few called on Dreyfus to brighten – literally- their fashion shows.

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Born in 1960, Thierry Dreyfus was only 19 when he debuted as light designer at the Strasbourg Opera House; and it took him little more than a couple of years to launch his eponymous studio in Paris, which soon became the go-to place for lighting design and artistic direction in the fashion world. Diane Von Furstenberg, Comme des Garçons, Yves Saint-Laurent, Dior, Marni, Calvin Klein, Chloé and Victoria Beckham, to name but a few called on Dreyfus to brighten – literally- their fashion shows. Besides his ongoing collaborations on the runaway, Dreyfus is an accomplished light artist, undertaking public commissions in many of the world’s capitals including Paris, London and Shanghai and creating striking light-installations for Versailles, the Blouin Art Foundation, and Notre Dame de Paris cathedral, becoming the only living artist allowed to add an artwork inside the historic building.   

Signature Style

“The man who is making the City of Light live up to its name. The designer is the master of the soft glow, bright beams and laser lines. Dreyfus may be an artist with light, but he is too modest to give himself that title.” This quote by revered fashion editor Suzy Menkes sums up Dreyfus’ work and gives him praise for his astounding achievements. In his work, light is a material to be sculpted, shaped and chiseled. Besides his grand, monumental installations, Dreyfus has created an array of smaller pieces comprising furniture and lighting fixtures available in small, limited editions. Size notwithstanding, each piece is a poetic reminder of the artist’s genius.  

Showstoppers

His monumental light installations that won him instant, worldwide recognition – people still remember in awe the 80m-high ladder of light he created for the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris during the Nuit Blanche art festival. The same creativity is expressed in smaller lighting fixtures, available in very limited editions rarely exceeding ten pieces. Most designs are in metal, with a few exceptions, including the J Lamp in wood and the Virgule Wall Lamp in onyx or marble, available exclusively on The Invisible Collection. 

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