BEHIND THE NEW COLLECTION

 

The creation of the new Maison Intègre pieces designed by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance required the synergy of several bronze workers. Here is a glimpse into the tremendous work behind this collection.

THE Y LAMP

Fifteen years earlier, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance had visited the Bandiagara cliffs in Mali, another region of West Africa that is very hard to reach nowadays for security reasons. There, he had discovered ladders made of one single piece of wood, a common object in West Africa, particularly in the Dogon and Lobi cultures.The iconic Y shape was the first inspiration that came to Noe’s mind, with the idea of designing a sculptural lamp. 

“The idea of using only one material really spoke to me. I was impressed by the purity of the Y shape. It’s a special shape mostly because of its fragility: there’s only one leg, but the two arms facing upward and leaning against a surface make it extremely stable”, Noé says.

THE KASSENA LOW TABLE

The Gourounsie architecture of the Kassena villages, an ethnic group from southern Burkina Faso, is a vernacular earthen architecture. The simple oblong shapes of these houses and their slightly inclined and projecting walls from the roof allow to dry the cereals. This formal principle is the major source of inspiration for the realization of the tables. Then, to be casted the table lamp is separated in 5 parts and then reassembled by the welder. This piece is really complex to realized and can take more than 3 months to be done.

For the Kassena side table we use a metallic counter-form on which the wax is molded in order to maintain its shape. The shape of the table allows us to cast it in one part.

THE KASSENA SIDE TABLE

For the Kassena side table we use a metallic counter-form on which the wax is molded in order to maintain its shape. The shape of the table allows us to cast it in one part.

THE PALABRE CHAIR

First, a model in wax has been sculpted by Noé in minature and send in a plastic box full of water in a bus. The first palabre chair has been realized by Salfo Derme in Koudougou a city located at 100km of Ouagadougou. The chair is casted in 2 parts and then assembled as it is traditionally in wood before being welded. Due to the security situation in burkina Faso, the chair was put in a bus everytime Ambre came to Ouaga in order to follow the welding and finishes. It took us almost a year to finish the piece.

THE MASKS SCONCES

MAKS sconces are a tribute to ritual african masks and the richness of their forms. They were all sculpted by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance during one of his trip to Ouagadougou at Denis Kabre’s workshop.

THE RETRO LAMP

The RETRO Lamp is the only object that is not directly inspired by an iconic object of Burkinabé culture. It is a nod to the city of Ouagadougou and its frenetic traffic. The object was directly carved in wax by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance during one of his trips to Burkina Faso.