Mathieu Lehanneur, 39, is a French designer who is on the forefront of international design scene; he is also one of the few in his generation to use his talents in a variety of areas, beyond furniture. Innovatively, he combines design, science,
art and technology as poetic-communicative components to achieve maximum welfare for human beings. Air, water, sound and light are his favorite work materials.
Graduated from ENSCI-Les Ateliers |'École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle, his project entitled "Theurapeutic Objetcs", which explores the relationship of humankind and drugs, is part of the MoMa (New York /
US) 's permanent collection, which also houses in its collection Andrea, Mathieu's iconic piece, an indoor air purifier that absorbs, through the plant which is housed
inside the unit, toxic particles released by plastic, wood, fabric or metal items in the places where we live. In 2008, Popular Magazine's "Best Invention Award" was awarded to Andrea, which was created in partnership with David Edwards (Harvard University) and based on studies developed by NASA.
Mathieu Lehanneur designs for brands such as Veuve Clicquot, Issey Miyake, Christofle, Cartier, Poltrona Frau, JCDecaux, Nike, among others, with the
same proficiency as he creates spectacular projects for Saint Hilaire Church (Melle, France), for the Diaconesses Hospital (Paris), for the new hotspot of the Parisian scene, Electric, for the Pullman Hotels (London and Paris), for the Centre Pompidou (Paris), for Audemars-Piguet (Hong Kong, Basel, Miami) and for the upcoming cultural center Lab Cambridge (Boston, US), opening next July. In his portfolio are, yet, pieces exclusively designed in limited series for the Carpenters Workshop Gallery (Paris and London).
His works are also in the permanent collections of Centre Pompidou (Paris), SFMoMa (San Francisco / US), the foundation of contemporary art Frac Ile de France (Paris) and Design Museum (Gent, Belgium).
Mathieu Lehanneur was invited to lecture at TED Conference programs (2009) and in 2012 to have his book published by the German publishing house Gestalten.
Paola Antonelli, curator for architecture and design at MoMa (NY) describes him as "a champion of the intellectual agility of today's design". In order to create his science-inspired humanistic projects, the designer considers human beings as complex structures which need more than chairs, but need air to breathe, sustainable food, good health, and love to live better.
Awards
2014 / A' Design Award - Italy
2014 / IF Product Design Award
2011 / Etoile de l'Observeur du Design
2010 / Premier prix, Biennale Internationale de la céramique contemporaine
2010 / Créateur de l’Année, Now ! Maison & Objets
2010 / Lauréat "Dialogues 2010", Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l'Intelligence de la Main, Fondation Bettencourt Schueller.
2008 / Best Invention Award, Popular Science
2007 / Oscar de l’emballage (Pack Eau d’Issey)
2007 / Talent du Luxe
2006 / VIA « Carte Blanche »
2006 / Grand Prix de la Création, Paris
2003 / ANVAR Bourse de recherche
2000 / ANVAR Bourse de recherche
Collections
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New-York
Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA), San Francisco
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Design Museum, Gent, Belgium
FRAC, Ile de France