Maison Intègre presents the creations of Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance

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Maison Intègre celebrates the craftsmanship of Burkina Faso with its first collection

During New York Design Week 2022, Les Ateliers Courbet present the first collection of the Maison Intègre, made by goldsmiths from Burkina Faso and designed by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance (on view until July 26, 2022)

Three years after we discovered the exquisite work of Maison Intègre, a goldsmith and foundry workshop based in Burkina Faso, its mission to preserve and honor the heritage of West African craftsmen and craftsmen seems more relevant than ever. On the occasion of New York Design Week 2022, the New York design gallery Les Ateliers Courbet presents the very first limited edition collection of Maison Intègre (until July 26, 2022), which brings together international designers and artists in residence with the community of Maison Integre. artisans.

The inaugural collection kicks off with a series of bronze pieces, created in collaboration with French designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, and reveals a comprehensive offering that includes tables, lamps, wall sconces and a chair.

Maison Intègre: a journey through West African culture

La Maison Intègre was founded in 2017 by Ambre Jarno, a former television executive who lived in Burkina Faso from 2012 to 2014. The workshop and foundry are based in Ouagadougou and its craftsmen continue to work using the cast iron technique. lost-wax bronze, which has remained largely unchanged since its creation millennia ago. The studio completed a full workshop space this year, enabling it to support the work of 15 artisans and provide them with a livelihood, while preserving the craft traditions of the region.

While this is not the first time that Maison Intègre has called on an international designer to work with the team in Burkina Faso – we initiated a collaboration between Maison Intègre and American designer Brendan Ravenhill in 2019 for Wallpaper* Handmade – this partnership with Duchaufour-Lawrance pushes the envelope further. The designer was invited to spend a long time immersed in Ouagadougou, in order to create contemporary designs that honor Burkinabè culture and traditions.

“This project was a journey through West African culture. I wanted to pay homage to the beauty of what I found on my way,” says Duchaufour-Lawrance, who has traveled extensively to Burkina Faso over the past two years. “An image I kept in mind was my trip to Mali – finding treasures at the cliffs of Bandiagara, where I saw the Dogon ladders that inspired the ‘Y’ lamp. Ambre showed me photos of mud houses, with their oblong geometry and slightly recessed roofs. These inspired the “Kassena” tables.

Duchaufour-Lawrance’s seven-person collection marks the first time that Maison Intègre has brought a complete collection to life. There is a clear line drawn between each of the designs and a West African motif; wall sconces feature mask-like shapes, and there’s a clean-lined touch to the palaver chair – a West African pillar mostly seen in courtyards and under trees. Duchaufour-Lawrance, Jarno and the Burkinabé bronzers worked in collaboration to sculpt the beeswax molds used to cast the final bronze pieces – everything is formed and made by hand, which gives the pieces a sensuous quality.

Duchaufour-Lawrance perfectly explains the magic of matter. “In the hands of the craftsmen I met in Ouagadougou, bronze finds another life. The material seems to vibrate, to play with the light with its irregularities from the whole process it has gone through.

‘All these elements give it a uniqueness and its own patina, [which is specific to] the objects that Maison Intègre produces there.’ §

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