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Stories are paramount. José Lévy is an object and space narrator in the grand French tradition of interior designers. He never develops a single response to a question (like a designer), but a real narrative. For him it is impossible to create without narrating; he prefers to develop rather than summarize, opting for phrases rather than words. The fashion designer, José Lévy had already referred to Tati, Jacques Demy and Modiano before addressing the world of cut and fashion design. As a designer of objects, he pursues his work of fiction steeped in memory, in order to single out his personal references which immediately resonate with everyone. This quest for the universal and the popular had already been initiated by him in fashion. Lire la suite…

 

Super-ette produces Didier Faustino’s iconic‘Love me tender’ chair created in 2000. In one go Faustino summarizes his putting of bodies under tension with architecture and design through this chair that is so dangerous that it requires tenderness and gentleness to be handled.

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JCDecaux and Mathieu Lehanneur won the call for projects by the Mairie de Paris devoted to intelligent furniture with Escale Numérique, a connected haven of peace available to everyone. Set up on the Rond Point des Champs-Elysées, Escale Numérique is a revival of the underground fibre optic network which is now supplying the capital, ‘Like the Wallace fountains, which since the end of the 19th century have offered Parisian the free drinking water which was circulating beneath their feet, Escale Numérique allows everyone to benefit, like a real public service, from a high-speed WIFI connection by raising it from beneath the ground.’ Lire la suite…

 

Mathieu Lehanneur has designed the first flagship store for the mythical Swiss chocolate maker MAISON CAILLER (Nestlé). Situated in Broc, in the middle of the Swiss mountains at the very place where the internationally renowned chocolate is produced, this small building (60m2) will welcome visitors to the manufacturer with a tasting destined to make your individual ‘chocolate personnalities’ or that of your loved ones to offer formulas best suited to your taste. Mathieu Lehanneur draws upon the local tradition of ‘tavillon,’ the wooden Swiss tiles, that he appropriates  to design an armadillo structure, the small animal covered with scales capable of rolling itself into a ball in the blink of an eye. A building which has buttoned down the hatches, a protective yurt placed on its native soil for a motionless journey to the land of taste.  Lire la suite…

 

Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance has designed a soft and profound amber bubble of light on the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower: the new Ciel de Paris restaurant interior design and furniture. From the bay windows to the central bar, depending on the aura of the mirrors, the skilled composition of the sombre reflections strengthens and transforms perspectives. The view becomes space; space becomes the view. Lire la suite…

 

Didier Faustino presents Dead Zone in response to the invitation from the Design Project Room. A premonition inspired by Stephen King’s book and Cronenberg’s film, the exhibition presents recent works, which are all linked to habitat and destroy the traditional concept of domesticity. An exhibition produced with students following a Master’s in Spaces and Communication, under Alexandra Midal and Mathieu Bassée. Lire la suite…

 

With 6 exhibitions, a marketplace for designers, a conference and ‘off’ fringe events, the second Design City will take over the Mudam and the city of Luxembourg from 13th April to 3rd June 2012. This year the Museum of Modern Art in Luxembourg, partner and exacting driver of design since its creation in 2006, is thus inviting the public to question the strategic value of this discipline at a very prevalent time when master craftsmanship, production and industry is faced with a massive relocation of skills which is little by little draining our societies of their industrial fabric. A blend of stylistic, functional and societal exploration, Design City draws up a vibrant portrait of contemporary creation and the questions raised.

 

The German publisher Gestalten will publish a book on 15th February about Mathieu Lehanneur’s career and inspirations. Within it the designer unveils the other side of the coin, his intellectual and visual approach. This book is atypical through its revelation of the path leading to the finished product: the book gathers photos which inspired, sketches, photos of processes, objects in context and immerses the reader into the very heart of the designer’s studio. Lire la suite…