With his series Ocean Memories, Mathieu Lehanneur offers a surrealist and materialized vision of a sea frozen in its movement. Like a freeze-frame in three dimensions, the pieces capture the subtle reliefs of waves and currents. Designed digitally and made from blocks of marble and granite, Ocean Memories embodies the surface of the sea . The environment is reflected and the light is distorted. Like impossible imprints, real pieces of sea seem to have been extracted, intact, before being fixed in the matter. Lehanneur says that this transition from solid to liquid is a magic of physics, a moment of change from static to movement, a passage from the inert to the living.
For the Dysfunctional exhibition at the Ca d’Oro, Mathieu Lehanneur pays homage to Venice by working from green marbles and granites whose shades echo the nearby lagoon. Ocean Memories Acqua Alta, fossilizes and sacralises “The Floating City”. Furniture pieces and sculptures at once, each fixes the beauty and fragility of Venice forever in the stone.
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.