Mathieu Lehanneur

Mathieu Lehanneur
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Born in 1974, Mathieu Lehanneur is a French designer at the forefront of the international design scene. He has a multi-disciplinary approach to creativity – his projects transcend the boundaries of any one creative industry, encompassing product design, architecture, craftsmanship and technology. He is unafraid to embrace scientific methods to realise his designs, and often states that science is his biggest source of inspiration.

Lehanneur pushes the limits of design through his exploration of new technologies. For his 50 Seas exhibition, shown at Christie’s in Paris, Lehanneur created 50 ceramic disks, each one replicating the surface of the sea and painted in colours taken from images of seas around the world. Using 3-D modelling technology adapted from CGI, Lehanneur perfectly captured the liquidity of the ocean’s surface. Each ripple and trough is perfectly rendered, the light glistening over each disk as if it were reflected on the ocean itself.

His fascination with the liquid state of materials continues through his 2018 exhibition Ocean Memories, shown at Carpenters Workshop Gallery Paris. Using marble and bronze, Lehanneur created tables and benches that play with the balance between the geometric and the organic, each piece exploring the fluid transition between these two states of matter.

Lehanneur is considered one of the ‘100 World top designers and influencers’ by Wallpaper* and Surface magazines and has undertaken a number of high-profile collaborations with brands such as Nike, Kenzo, Sony and Cartier. His works can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris, and at the Design Museum Ghent. Lehanneur has also designed interiors for Saint-Hilaire Church in Melle, for Château Borély in Marseille, and for ArtScience in Boston.

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  • ‘Ocean Memories’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • ’50 Seas’, Christie’s Paris, France.
  • ‘Ocean Memories’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, New York, US.
  • ‘Liquid Marble’, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France.
  • DesignMiami, US.
  • PAD Paris, France.
  • ‘Spring’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK.
  • ‘Liquid Marble’, Victoria & Albert Museum , Londres, UK.
  • ‘Petite Loire’, Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire , France.
  • ‘Art Light’, Group Show, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • ‘Sans et Saufs’, MUDAC, Switzerland.
  • ’L’Eloge de l’Heure’, MUDAC, Switzerland.
  • Biennale de Saint-Etienne, France.
  • ‘The Art of Living’, Triennale Milano, Italy.
  • ‘Design for Life’, Design Museum, Barcelone, Spain.
  • ‘Human Resources. Some examples of sustainable design’, CentroCentro, Madri, Spain.
  • ‘Oracles du design’, Gaîté lyrique, Paris, France.
  • Design Days Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Design Miami/ Basel, Switzerland.
  • PAD Paris, France.
  • Design Days Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Biennale Interieur, Kortrijk, Belgium.
  • PAD New York, New York, USA.
  • Pavilion of Art & Design, New York, USA.
  • ‘Inaugural Show’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris.
  • Design Miami, Miami, USA.
  • Design Miami/ Basel, Switzerland.
  • Pavilion des Arts et du Design, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris.
  • Design Miami/Basel, Switzerland.
  • ‘Design High’, Louis T Blouin Foundation in collaboration with Carpenters Workshop Gallery,
    London, UK.
  • Elements, Milan.
  • Elements, Paris.
  • SAFE, Museum of Modern Art, New York.
  • Slim Retrospective, Resonnance, Lyon.
  • Domesticity, A Suivre… Lieu d’art, Bordeaux.
  • International Design Biennale, St Etienne, France.
  • Moulure utiles + Sacco + Ral 9006, CAC Brétigny.
  • Appel d’Air, Now, Paris.
  • Non Standard Architecture, Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris.
  • Mosquito Bottleneck, Henry Urbach Architecture, New York.
  • Observeur du design, Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Paris.
  • International Design Biennale, St Etienne, France.
  • Johanna Agerman, ‘Mathieu Lehanneur in the Design Laboratory’, Icon, April 2010.
  • Chris Scott, “A Beautiful Mind”, Frame, May 2009.
  • Massimiliano di Bartolomeo, “Flood Paris”, Domus, April 2008.
  • Winner – Top 10 best stores” by AD magazine.
  • Winner – Design Awards” by Wallpaper magazine.
  • Créateur de l’Année, Now ! Maison & Objets, Paris, France.
  • Dialogues, Fondation Bettencourt-Schueller, Paris, France.
  • Winner – Biennale internationale de la céramique contemporaine, Vallauris, France.
  • Winner – Biennale Internationale de la Céramique Contemporaine, Andenne, Belgium.
  • Best Invention Award, Popular Science Magazine, US
  • Talent du Luxe, Centre du Luxe et de la Création, Paris, France
  • Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris, France
  • ‘Fisherman’s House’, Dalen.
  • ‘Pink Giant’, Nieuwegein.
  • ‘Gieleskull’, Amsterdam.
  • Kurt Schwitters Award.
  • ‘Wombhouse’, Jousse Entreprise, Paris, France.
  • Wilhelmina-Ring Sculpture Award.
  • Mart Stam Award.
  • Anjerfonds – Chabot Award.
  • Katalogförderpreis.
  • Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Stiftung Award.
  • Bolidt Floor Concepts Prize.
  • Prix de Rome.
  • Charlotte Köhler Award.
  • J. Dautrey, E. Quinz – “Strange Design”, it:editions
  • Alice Rawsthorn – “Hello World: Where Design Meets Life”, Penguin
  • Monograph
  • D. Linley, C. Cator, H. Chislett, Star Pieces, The Enduring Beauty of Spectacular
    Furniture, Thames and Hudson, 2009.
  • J. Allen, A. Betsky, R. Laermans, W. Vanstiphout, Atelier Van Lieshout, NAI Publishers,
    Rotterdam, 2007.
  • Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, New York, US.
  • Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, San Francisco, US.
  • Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France.
  • Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.
  • FRAC Ile-de-France, Paris, France.
  • Museum Design Gent, Belgium.
  • Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin, Germany.

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