Friday, January 26

What We Love Today Column-- Highlights from Paris Design Week, Part I

What We Love Today Column...
Mathieu Lehanneur's "50 Seas" ceramic collection
Mathieu Lehanneur's ceramic collection debuted in Paris during Christie's now infamous Parisian Salons from January 18 to February 2 at Christie's France at 9 Avenue Matignon. During this week in January and sandwiched with Maison Objet and Deco-off on either side of the weekend, in and around the City of Lights is literally lit up with art, fashion and interior design exhibits, pop up shops and the like.
listen to the artist's Ted Talk about his process
We were there taking it all in and for our annual trip, and even with the barrage of products being introduced, Lehanneur’s works stood out.  No stranger to luxury design, Lehanneur has a long resume, and he even recently hosted a Ted Talk, where he discusses the importance as an artist in using science to assist in his work.  He works with the juxtaposition of elements and he tunes out the "white noise" in life in order to focus on the important and complicated aspects of design.  He would rather keep life complicated then bring it down to the sound bites of social media and marketing.  In essence, he feels it important to keep it complicated, not simplified.

"eskimos have 50 words to define the snow, 
I selected 50 shades to define the sea"
-Mathieu Lehanneur

During Paris Design Week he presented “50 Seas”, showcasing fifty enameled ceramics works and taking inspiration from the palette of the sea.  He worked with creating unique glazed forms inspired by the ocean and particularly the palette gleaned from the ocean--blues, greens, grays.  The plates have crystalline surfaces, and he utilized satellite photographs to create his rich textures and designs.
Happy Nesting
XO Tamara