MATHIEU LEHANNEUR: A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO DESIGN
Considered one the most versatile designers in the world, Mathieu Lehanneur displays a multi-disciplinary sensibility that has led him to ground-breaking design creations, spanning diverse and different fields – from design to art to technology to science – to bring ingenious products into reality. A symbiotic relationship between the beauty of design and the functionality of the inventiveness.
Enthusiasm and creativity are the French designer’s main inspirations: like Mathieu Lehanneuradmitted himself, he confronts every single project of his as it were his last one, starting from a blank slate that he needs to fill up. His capacities take from his academic education, mostly from his formative years when the designer started at the Beaux-Arts in Paris but soon realized that the solitary setting of an artist’s life wasn’t for him: he felt the need of establishing a conversation with clients, being able of solving problems by thinking of definite solutions.
His international and innovative appeal have made him the perfect recipient for the ‘Grand Prix’ for creativity, awarded by the City of Paris, and the ‘Best Invention Award‘ by US magazine Popular Science for ‘Andrea’. Ranked among the 100 World top designers and influencers by Wallpaper, Mathieu Lehanneur was called a ‘champion of intellectual agility in the field of contemporary design‘ by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA-NY.
Having established various collaborations with several brands during the years – Nike, Veuve Clicquot, Audemars Piguet, Poltrona Frau, Pullman Hotels, Cartier, Air France, Schneider Electric, JCDecaux, Becton Dickinson and Sony – since 2015 Mathieu Lehanneurhas been the Chief Designer of Huawei.
Café Mollien – Louvre
Most of his works – inspired by the technological possibilities of the scientific progress – are showcased in the most renowned museums in the world, such as MoMA-NY and MoMA San Francisco, and the Pompidou Centre and the Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris. One of his last projects is the Particle Horizon exhibition presented at the 2019-edition of Design Parade Hyères: the astrophysical references from the collection’s name bring the human awareness of living in a bigger universe in which micro and macro elements merge together to create life.
Le Balcon – Air France Business Lounge
Andrea, Mathieu Lehanneur’s plant-based purifier that won the Best Invention Award by Popular Science in 2008, has been created in partnership with Harvard professor and inventor David Edwards: the purifier – inspired by NASA researches and created with the aim of purifying the air from the modern micro-toxicity through the use of plants – represents the common point between technology’s advancements and design.
A totally personal conception of design and how it truly can change and improve lives is what Mathieu Lehanneur brings to the world with his projects.