Carpenters Workshop Gallery | Paris presents Ocean Memories, an exhibition by designer Mathieu Lehanneur, from March 29th to June 22nd. In the continuity of his Liquid Marble series, Mathieu Lehanneur brings us a surrealistic and materialized vision of an ocen frozen in its movement. As a three-dimensional still picture, Ocean Memories works to capture the complex movements of waves and currents.
Designed digitally and made from blocks of white and grey marble or polished bronze, these pieces make it impossible to mistake the relief of the water. The environment is reflected and the light is distorted. As impossible impressions, real parts of oceans seem to have been extracted, intact, before being fixed in matter.
Through this new collection, Mathieu Lehanneur plays a permanent balance between geometric and organic. Each of the works reveals this fluid and progressive transition between the two states of matter.
“The transition from solid to liquid is a magic of physics. A moment of tilting from static to movement, a passage from the inert to the living,” Mathieu Lehanneur.
Ocean Memories tables, benches or stools seem to contain a concentrate of energy, movement and strength. At the same time furniture and sculptures, these fragments of oceans are a potential life fixed forever in stone and bronze.
Born in 1974, Mathieu Lehanneur is a French designer on the forefront of the international design scene. Mathieu Lehanneur has a multi-disciplinary approach to creativity: his projects stretch the realms of product design and object to architecture, craft, and technology.
His designs are inspired by nature yet push the limits of design by exploring new technologies. He crosses boarders by combining design, science, technology, and art in projects that aim to achieve maximum welfare for human beings. Air, water, light, and sound are amongst his favorite materials to create his science-inspired humanistic projects.
He considers human beings as complex structures whom need more than chairs but need air to breathe, sustainable food, good health, and love to live better lives. Born in 1974, he graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris.
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 Décoratifs in Paris, and at the Design Museum Gent. He has also designed interiors for Saint-Hilaire Church in Melle, France; for Château Borély in Marseille, France; for the Hôpital des Diaconesses in Paris, France; and for the Café ArtScience in Boston.