AURORE, A CONSOLE TABLE IN luminescent wood designed and built IN 2016
I designed and built this console table (“aurore” is French for “sunrise”) to compete in the Young Talents award which is part of the Carrousel des Métiers d’Art et de Création 2016, an applied arts salon-exhibition at the Louvre in Paris. I was made a laureate of the competition and the prize was a stand at the exhibition in December 2016 where I was able to exhibit my work in a prime position!
INSPIRATION & OBJECTIVES
Fascinated by the art deco era, and more particularly the French art deco designer, Jacques Emile RUHLMANN, and also influenced by a Japanese aesthetic, I designed and built, specifically for this competition, this console table in luminescent wood.
My intention was to combine attention to detail and traditional wood crafting techniques with contemporary materials to create a classical, timeless piece of furniture seated in modernity.
As the console lights up, “Aurore” diffuses a soft light, symbolic of the renaissance and of hope, thus echoing my new professional beginning.
COHABITATION OF MATERIALS
Contrasts are evident in the techniques used as well as in the choice of materials and colours.
Walnut, the dark solid wood is put together with transparent Plexiglas, wrapped in ivory-coloured sycamore veneer.
Low voltage LED light strips are hidden within the walnut structure. Activated by a remote-controlled dimmer, the LEDs gradually light up the Plexiglas, like a sunrise, transmitting through the sycamore veneer a dancing, magical glow.
The design and the building of this console table took 224 hours of passion, questioning, reflection, pleasure and pride.
To see the Aurore lamp collection, click below: