Made In Situ at the villa Noailles
Echoing the inherent essence of the collections, the exhibition space is filled with noble and timeless materials, sounds, scents and images. The collections and works can be discovered, in situ, like authentic travel diaries, each one with its own distinctive features.
This exhibition marked a new chapter for Made In Situ: an exploration beyond the borders of Portugal. Made In Situ has its origins in the very definition of the Latin expression In Situ, a direct reference to the capacity of design to act as a vector, reconnecting us with our surroundings. The associated drawings, texts, photographs, and films play an important role in understanding the creative process; these artifacts become the recorded memory of the experiences generated by the project.
Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance’s creations are characterised by a distinctive focus on materials, a keen eye for detail, and a preference for organic forms. Throughout his career – and in every furniture piece or design object he has created – the French designer has always given pride of place to craftspeople, artistic professionals, and their working environments.
In Portugal, where he now lives, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance has been strengthening this dialogue with regional craftsmanship ever since he founded Made In Situ in 2019. Born out of an exhibition space in Lisbon, this new chapter in his work establishes a series of interdisciplinary exchanges centred on people and their connections to their environment.
“I sensed that my creations were going to assert their own unique identity. In a way, I wanted them to originate from some other place – from the elements and from people. The design would then simply blend them together.”