"Noé Duchafour-Lawrance’s corking celebration of Portuguese craft" by Pei-Ru Keh
At Demisch Danant in New York, the French designer presents cork and black ceramic pieces by Made in Situ, the design studio he established while living in Portugal, exploring local craft traditions.
In the last three years that Noé Duchafour-Lawrence has lived in Lisbon, the French designer has immersed himself in his adopted country’s rich artisan culture and craft traditions, so much so that he has established Made in Situ there, a design studio dedicated to honouring Portugal’s unique craftspeople and practices. The studio’s first two collections are currently on view in New York at the art gallery Demisch Danant, in an exhibition that articulates the process of spending time discovering a place and then understanding its origins and its inhabitants. Comprising ‘Barro Negro’, a series of handmade black ceramics, and ‘Burnt Cork’, pieces of furniture made from cork, the objects are testament to cross-disciplinary, cultural exchange.