admin On aprile - 14 - 2013

By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi


Milan’s latest Design Week has “shed light” on an exceptional master of illumination. Thierry Dreyfus is an art director, photographer and artist since 1985, when he first started experimenting with light inside theatres and operas.


Over the past 30 years, Dreyfus has sculpted, drawn, and projected light onto prints, objects, scenic designs, and historical monuments in endless innovative ways. Through light, Thierry has explored the many facets of this intangible element in the fashion industry – with long-term collaborations with Helmut Lang, Dior Homme, Comme des Garçons and Jil Sander – and on architectures. Dreyfus was commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture, to illuminate the Grand Palais, located at the base of the Champs Elysées, the Gardens of the Chateau de Versailles and the Catholic cathedral Notre Dame de Paris.


Each of his installations is conceived to create a specific perception of the place and its environment. He sets up interactive playgrounds where light becomes a medium for dialogue between the architecture and the viewer. Thierry Dreyfus envisions fields of experience or visual landmarks as guides to drive and enlighten one’s vision.


During Milan’s Design Week he illuminated the atmosphere hiding LED lamps in elegant sculptures made of different materials, to breathe a different life into marble, alabaster, onyx or brass.


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