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Mathieu Lehanneur will launch “Soft Geometry” next week for Lasvit, a hudge and hybrid chandelier : “Sometimes the world is reduced to several large families: plant; animal; mineral. But it is the non-indentified organisms which escape this division. Living objects disrupt these established boundaries. Read the rest of this entry »


Perpetually on the lookout for new ways to live, sleep, create and work, Mathieu Lehanneur turns the advertising agency JWT (Neuilly/Seine) into a “digital plant station“, a new reflection from the designer about contemporary working styles and the necessary invented depictions of them when applied to the professional world of communications. Hot on the heels of the office conceived for David Edwards, founder of the Le Laboratoire (Paris) and areas for teenagers and children at the Centre Pompidou, he has once again designed an area dedicated to creative production larger than 1000m2.

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Mathieu Lehanneur presents a preview of prototypes from the Efficient Home collection designed for Schneider Electric at the St Etienne Design Biennial. A range of elements destined to optimize the energy consumption of homes in order to obtain a significant reduction in our carbon footprint, whilst at the same time reducing the electricity bill whilst maintaining maximum comfort. An objective made possible by the accuracy of information communicated in real time by these transmitters/ receivers of electric information positioned on the key objects of our everyday consumption (boiler, fridge, television, etc…).

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With “Domestic Ponds” at the galerie BSL, Duende Studio ends its cycle of research about domestic water features which began in 2008 with “Local River” in tandem with Mathieu Lehanneur. This cycle is the most vernacular part of a wider fascination for living objects in a literal sense, that is objects which use or manipulate  living organisms, of which the exhibition “Eden ADN, genetic design” lay the basis in 2006 at the St Etienne Biennial.  The aquarium, connected here to a purifying garden, is both the perfect metaphor of our human condition stuck in a frighteningly finite world and an object paradoxically judged as very has been, reserved for aficionados of aquatic maintenance. With these three new pieces conceived with Mathieu Lehanneur, Benjamin Graindorge and Eric Jourdan, “Domestic Ponds” therefore proposes a new aesthetic, practical and metaphorical vision of the aquarium from 17th September to 27th November 2010 at the galerie BSL.

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This area dedicated to adolescents and designed by Mathieu Lehanneur for the Centre Pompidou (Paris) opens on 11th September 2010. This initiative called “Studio 13/16″, inevitably risky for a museum when aimed at a volatile teenage population, finds a functional and formal solution based on the ergonomics of the desire “I dreamed about a place which was conceived and built like a television, cinema or music studio. I wanted this place to offer teenagers the same potential for action and creation as the professional equivalent. A far cry from an attempt to reconstruct a hypothetical ‘teen’ style, from adolescence I have only kept this desire – and at times this capacity – to contort things and places. I admire this unique way of making the world more flexible to better integrate into it. And what is true for a town or for clothing is even more so for institutions like museums…” sums up Mathieu Lehanneur.

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L’Atelier des enfants at the Centre Pompidou has been up and running from 10th July in the new area designed by Mathieu Lehanneur. It now offers a more spacious setting (300m2), which is better adapted to activities for children aged from 2 to 12 years. With its rounded corners, a direct allusion to a skate park as recreational scenery, the preview last Saturday confirmed the delighted ease with which the children became immersed in the venue! Read the rest of this entry »

At Galerie BSL from 17th September to 27th November 2010, Duende Studio is proposing ‘Domestic Ponds,’ a piece of work about the pond as a domestic water point, with three new pieces by Mathieu Lehanneur, Benjamin Graindorge and Eric Jourdan. ‘A liquid hollow, a matrix swarming with life, the pond is a true open air breeding spot, the antithesis of a vase or an aquarium’ for Anthony van den Bossche / Duende Studio.The water, overflowing with nutrients, drawn from the bottom of the garden, irrigates as well as fertilises the vegetable garden.’ This practice is pushed to its limit with aquaponic agriculture allowing the symbiosis of fish and plants. The plants are nourished by the fish water full of nitrate-rich waste. The plants therefore play the role of natural filter by retaining the nitrates and assist in maintaining balanced water for the fish. Read the rest of this entry »


After the quality of domestic air with ‘Andrea’, Mathieu Lehanneur has turned his attention to the quality of sleep. Designed for the Hôtel de Marc in Rheims (France), where guests of the Veuve Clicquot champagne house often suffering from jet lag stay, ‘Once upon a dream’ is the ideal room for swift rest-&-resynchronization – sweet deams guaranteed.  Between the Sand Man and home cinema, this unit for slumber was designed using tried and tested data gathered in physiological studies for treating people who suffer from chronic insomnia. (Which was the case of the Widow Clicquot, the founder of the firm).

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