At Charles de Gaulle airport, French design darling Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance teams up with creative agency Brandimage to create a botanical landscape for Air France’s business lounge.
From the soft palette to the plant-inspired motifs that adorn nearly all the furnishings and surfaces, the 3,000-square-metre lounge is quite literally a walk in the park.
In a space that can accommodate up to 600 jet-setters, the design team carved out a configurable VIP area, a spa and multimedia workstation. Throughout, the colour palette remains consistent; a throw to the natural world with seating and accessories in white, creamy beige, ochre and punchy green.
Like a meticulously planted garden, floor lamps sprout from both the floor and centre of seating islands with branch-like arms and round diffusers punctuated with leaf patterns. Elsewhere, black and white speared luminaires drop from the ceiling, reminiscent of vines.
The perforated leaf graphic is also found enlarged on several walls, while other walls are finished with decorative silhouettes of leafless trees. Semi-private areas are created with short partition walls.
While the lounge seats in the main space and loungers in an area designated for relaxation are leather, other side chairs – including the bistro sets – are upholstered in fabric.
This is the second time Duchaufour-Lawrance has worked with Air France. He collaborated with Desgrippes-Gobé (a founding firm of Brandimage) in 2007 on the airline’s revamped Tokyo lounge.