Working with one of the most elusive and often underappreciated elements - light - Thierry Dreyfus is more than just a glorified electrician. According to Suzy Menkes at the International Herald Tribune:
"Thierry Dreyfus is the man who is making the City of Light live up to its name. The designer is the master of the soft glow, bright beams and laser lines. Dreyfus may be an artist with light, but he is too modest to give himself that title or to compare himself with conceptual neon experimenters of the 1980s and with the light installations of the American artist James Turrell".
Art director and artist from 1985, Thierry Dreyfus has since created unique and memorable atmospheres for the fashion industry. Co-produced exclusively with Eyesight, a Paris-based company, he has expanded the boundaries of runway modernity through custom design lightscenography. Shows have ranged from Dior Homme, Helmut Lang, Calvin Klein, Ann Demeulemeester, Sonia Rykiel, Chloé, Marni, Jil Sander, to Yves Saint Laurent's retrospective haute couture show.
Having designed light installations for the 2000 Lyon Biennale and working on a commission for the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, Dreyfus lit up the Grand Palais for its reopening in 2005.
In 2006, he imagined lights of fire in the water basins of the Château de Versailles, then staged an 80m high Ladder at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France for La Nuit Blanche, before he was commissioned by Starwood to imagine specific and contextual light installations for the façades of Le Méridien in Shanghai and San Francisco.
In addition, Dreyfus creates lamps or what he calls "elements of light", some of which were shown at the Palais de Tokyo in 2003 and soon became collectors' items.
Each of his installations is conceived to create a specific perception of a place and its environment. He sets up interactive playgrounds where light becomes a medium for dialogue between the architecture and the viewer. Dreyfus first developed his taste for the art of lighting at the Theatre and Opera. A photographer in his spare time, Dreyfus feels the need to record light moods, convinced that "light doesn't have words. It does not speak intellectually. It is about emotion".