The work of Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance is probably one of the best kept secrets within the world of interior design: most of his private projects have been kept confidential and so have his remarkable furniture pieces and lighting fixtures, all of which were originally intended for private commissions. Known for his distinctive, sophisticated aesthetic, the AD100 French designer has always shied from publicity, preferring the quiet of his studio, the serene atmosphere of the artisans’ workshops, or the inspiring backdrop of Portugal’s wild landscapes.
Arguably one of the most talented designers of his generation, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance has caught the attention of collectors and design aficionados with his original point of view and unmistakable signature style. Driven by his exceptional feeling for materials, he draws his inspiration from nature: organic shapes and their irregularities are transcended and turned into fantastic pieces of furniture defined by resolutely modern, fluid lines and minimalist structures of striking beauty.
Speaking of which, we are in awe when admiring the stunning Refine Desk whose sleek lines counterbalance its totemic presence. This desk is paired with the Meet Chair, defined by a conic base in marble and an elongated backrest, and accessorized with an elegant brass lamp and a sophisticated desk set in leather. This powerful image of serene timelessness stays with you for a long time.
There is something about these designs that cannot be explained by words. It’s a feeling. The emotion that one feels when seeing beauty. Poets from the Romantic movement sang it, Zen masters theorized about it… and one feels lucky to experience it, when discovering these awe-inspiring creations. A curated selection of these limited-edition pieces is now on show in New York, artfully displayed so that visitors can experience in person what it’s like to discover true beauty.
Aptly named “En Aparté”, the exhibition takes place at The Townhouse, Invisible Collection’s home on the Upper East side. Here, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance’s genius is on full display, from the flowing lines of the Whisper Sofa and Armchairs to the sculptural shape of the Mineral Flower coffee table carved out of a single block of marble. In the library room – lined with a curated selection of books from 7L – the Mousse Daybed is set in dialogue with the Perros Armchair, a feat of craft and geometric precision.
“En Aparté” is a French idiom with several meanings including “private conversation”. We like the idea of an ongoing dialogue between the designer and the public, conveying a message through exceptional designs. The limited-edition pieces were created over a five-year period, between 2017 and 2022; handcrafted by skilled artisans, they are available exclusively on Invisible Collection.