Breaking Barriers in Design: Industrial Designer Mathieu Lehanneur

As we look forward to Fuse 2012 we'll be featuring some of our exciting speakers here on the blog. Keynote Mathieu Lehanneur, Industrial Designer, Interior Architect & Global Design Rising Star will be speaking at Fuse at 9:15am on Friday, April 20th, 2012. In this recent feature in The New York Times, "Blending Fields, Connecting Ideas," Paola Antonelli, senior curator of design and architecture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York is quoted as saying:
“He represents what is most compelling about contemporary designers, a deep curiosity for other fields of studies mixed with an equally deep pragmatism and great technical and formal flair.”
In that piece, Lehanneur discusses his decision to switch from art to industrial design as a focus, as well as the theme of human frailty in his work. Discussing inspiration he says:
"If you put me in front of a blank sheet of paper I don’t know what to do. I always need a question."
In only a short period of time, Lehanneur has established himself as a rising star of the global design community. He creates breakthrough work at the nexus of design with the human body, biological structures, mathematical forms, and both the rational and irrational sides of science. Lehanneur shapes aesthetic objects that provide astounding insight into the complexity of organic systems and cleverly address tomorrow’s social issues by focusing on industrial design and interior architecture.

In 2006, he got the Carte Blanche from the VIA and he was awarded the Grand Prix de la Création from the city of Paris. In 2008, he received the Best Invention Award (USA) for Andrea, its air-cleaning system using plants. With the same pleasure, he passes from an object for the Carpenters Workshop Gallery or for Schneider Electric, to packaging for Issey Miyake, and in particular to interior architecture by designing for example “JWT agency” for the Paris subsidiary of the international marketing communications brand.

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