Bernhardt Design: Vendome by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance
In the age of personal well-being and privacy, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance presents his vision for dividing shared open spaces. Bernhardt Design and Duchaufour-Lawrance have created an innovative art landscape system that focuses on sound absorption and beautifully dividing space. Rather than rigid panel partitions, Duchaufour-Lawrance’s vision is that of an indoor sculpture garden.
Duchaufour-Lawrance’s creative flair remains as he returns to his sculptural roots using soft curves and angles. The lovely simplicity of Vendome exemplifies his underlying soulful and organic aesthetic. Functional and distinctive panel shapes include straight, wing, and corner units, which float on organically sculpted stainless-steel bases, enhancing each screen’s shape. Manufactured to be acoustically friendly, Vendome is available in two heights.
Influenced and inspired by his personal experiences, Duchaufour-Lawrance reflects: “This collection of screens is inspired by one of the most beautiful squares of Paris, Place Vendome. Not only beautiful because of its architecture, but because behind each window, there are hidden treasures. We can sometimes see them through a half-closed shutter. A screen in a space is not producing a barrier, but the opportunity to create another environment, and thereby we discover our own treasured moments.”
Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance’s impact on the evolving workspace balances originality with enduring quality, functional shape, and attractive materials. “Noé has an amazing talent for designing utilitarian products and making them elegant and memorable,” imparts Jerry Helling, President of Bernhardt Design. “Privacy screens usually look like basic divider panels, but his are actually more closely aligned with sculpted pieces of art.”
The Vendome privacy screens may be adapted to any workspace and are available in five unique shapes at two different heights. Panel upholstery may be chosen from a variety of Bernhardt Textiles or coated fabrics. Laser-cut stainless steel bases are powder coated and offered in six different colors. Vendome launched in October 2020.
ABOUT NOÉ DUCHAUFOUR-LAWRANCE
Born in South France in 1974, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance is a designer of objects and interior environments. Following in the footsteps of his father, a sculptor, his artistic interests developed at an early age. Growing up in this creative atmosphere, he had the opportunity to define his own language: using natural shapes with smooth and organic lines which remain fluid and structured at the same time. After earning a degree in Metal Sculpture from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Art, he studied furniture design at the renowned Les Arts Décoratifs. Fueled by his rich creative background, Duchaufour-Lawrance explored new boundaries and rapidly became involved in unusual projects that enabled him to define and create his own aesthetics and style.
In 2002, he served as artistic director for the Sketch restaurant in Soho, London, and his bold design of the interiors soon transformed it into one of the most sought-after venues in the city. Having garnered worldwide acclaim for the Sketch project, Duchaufour-Lawrance established the creative studio Neonata, meaning “New Birth” in 2003.
Functioning as a think tank and a research laboratory, Neonata’s team under Duchaufour-Lawrance’s direction “gives birth” to design and interior architectural projects that convey a sense of perfection down to the last detail.
In a dramatic makeover for the high-end gastronomic restaurant Senderens, Duchaufour-Lawrance complemented and contrasted Majorelle’s historic wood-panels with luminous tables and engraved mirrors giving a contemporary twist of design to the Art Nouveau interiors.
In 2007, Duchaufour-Lawrance received the prestigious Maison & Objets Créateur de l’Année award. In the same year, he designed the new interiors of the Maya Bar in Monaco, rejuvenated the famous Maison Sénéquier in St Tropez, and in collaboration with Brand Image created the new visual and architectural identity of the Air France business class lounges. Subsequently, in 2010, he began designing retail concepts for clients, such as Yves Saint Laurent and the BSL Gallery in Paris.
His expanding acclaim for creating distinctive dining spaces led to new interiors commissions including Le Ciel de Paris in the Montparnasse Tower and Megu, a Japanese restaurant in Gstaad, Switzerland. Most recently, in 2013 he completed the private dining room for Chateau d’Yquem in the Parisian hotel Le Meurice and a chalet in St Martin de Belleville.
Finding inspiration in nature, his series of “Down Side Up” vases resemble round pebbles; his office ensemble “Landscape” created for Longchamp takes the form of a moving landscape; and his furniture for Ceccotti – including the iconic Manta Desk – appears as an elegant mix of intertwined curved lines and ramifications.
His achievements also include international successes for his design of Rémanence, a candelabra designed for Baccarat; a perfume bottle in the shape of a gold bar for Paco Rabanne; and award winning furniture collections for Bernhardt Design. He has been included in a number of international design exhibitions and his limited edition work has been featured at Art Basel and Design Miami.
ABOUT BERNHARDT DESIGN
Bernhardt Design was founded in 1980 by the 130-year-old Bernhardt Furniture Company and continues to be a leader and innovator in furniture design and production. During the past 20 years, President Jerry Helling has assembled an extraordinary creative team that has positioned Bernhardt Design as one of the leading international design companies with a roster of talent that includes: Ross Lovegrove (London), Arik Levy (Paris), Jaime Hayon (Valencia), Luca Nichetto (Venice), Yves Béhar (San Francisco), Patrick Jouin (Paris), Fabien Baron (New York), Monica Förster (Stockholm), CuldeSac (Valencia), Mario Bellini (Milan), Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance (Lisbon), Raleigh Denim (Raleigh), Farg & Blanche (Stockholm), Charles Pollock (New York), Claudia and Harry Washington (San Salvador), Anabela Chan (London), Océane Delain (Paris), Joe Gebbia (San Francisco), Tift Merritt (Raleigh), and Terry Crews (Los Angeles).
Setting a precedent for leadership within the corporate community, Bernhardt Design founded and annually sponsors an interdisciplinary course with the world-renowned Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, challenging students to create world-class designs for mass production. The company also sponsors the ICFF Studio, a scholarship program that provides emerging design talent exposure to manufacturers, retailers, and media from around the world.
American Design Honors, an annual award to recognize the most noteworthy American designers, was established by Bernhardt Design in 2010. Internationally, Bernhardt Design supports young designers through their sponsorship of the annual Contempo program conceived to advance the design profession in El Salvador, and America Made Me, a program to promote new brands and young American design talent abroad.