Supernova by David/Nicolas: A Dialogue Between Past and Present

Lebanese design-duo david/nicolas introduces Supernova, a first solo show taking place in Paris between September 6 to October 6 at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris. For their inaugural exhibition, david/nicolas bring two distinct bodies of work that explore different sides of the pair’s multi-faceted practice: Constellation and Monocle, each an interpretation of a post-explosion phenomenon.

Lebanese design duo, David and Nicolas

‘A Supernova is the death of a star which results in either a black hole or a supernova, here, death is only a transformation, it outshines everything else and evolves into a new life. It reminds us of Beirut, this city that was reborn over and over again, a place where time and space are different, where beauty is in the small things or even in the memories of it’ – david/nicolas.

Through a collection of tables, cabinets and rugs, david/nicolas built upon their fascination with time and the universe to create a retro-futuristic ensemble that speaks to the beauty of regeneration.

It is a manifesto of pure naturalistic inspiration. A quintessence of everything that the movements of the early 20th century had established. The chromaticism of the materials draw from Pointillism; Pre-Cubist geometries and organic expressionist schemes alternate in perpetual rhythm, de-structuring the classical canons, forging them into the contemporary world. A new iconographic and morphological alphabet composed of signs that take hold of the past just as they do the future – Vincenzo de Cotiis.

Monocle Bar Cabinet

Selecting inspirational touchstones that range from oriental geometry, to antique furniture, robots, space travel, and the music of Daft Punk – david/nicolas’ retro-futurist aesthetic is continued in their newest series of work through the narrative at the core of Supernova. The show exhibits pieces that chart the transformative nature of the celestial body through materials that evoke concepts of both form and void.

Monocle is a series centered around the representation of large masses of dense matter. Featuring material such wood, marble and bronze juxtaposed against transparent glass, referencing the equilibrium of mass and light in a star.

The Constellation series finds inspiration in the new life of a star and the explosion phenomenon. These pieces revolve around the relativity of perception and how such a phenomenon can be interpreted into palpable matter. Low tables rendered in travertine feature clean lines and undisturbed surfaces that are understood to represent the new beginnings of a celestial body.

The dialogue between past and present, contrasting materials and forms, transformation and regeneration in Supernova is also a reflexion on the designer’s home, an amalgamation of influences with one foot in the Middle East and another in Europe. A city that continuously regenerates and transforms itself.


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