Jean-Luc Le Mounier, Fringe Cabinet, FR, 2020
A key element to Jean-Luc Le Mounier’s success is his acute attention to details across a wide spectrum of mixed materials. His latest work, titled Fringe, elevates the possibilities of contemporary designs, by finding inspiration in the transformative qualities of contemporary couture. Le Mounier has dramatically animated the design, by punctuating the cabinet’s function with the free swinging fringe that hangs from its doors.
Sheathed in gradient caramel/rose colored stainless steel, the cabinet’s steel surface shifts in color as the doors move, reflecting different levels of light in the surrounding area.
The grain of the black raw oak that is inlaid into diamond pattern, forming the cabinet’s top, mimics the fine lines of nylon fringe that cascade over the cabinet’s doors, creating a gentle swaying motion as each door is opened and closed. The accordion doors open to reveal four large drawers and two smaller drawers lined in white leather.
Drawing inspiration from natural elements, art, fashion, and architecture, Le Mounier’s works mix strength of form with a lexicon of uncommon details and imagery that is both graphic and elegant. The broad range of materials used, which can be as diverse as sycamore, ebony, bronze, straw marquetry, steel, enamel, leather, or sand, as well as the unpredictable way in which Le Mounier manipulates them, sets the artist apart.
French cabinetmaker Jean-Luc Le Mounier lives and works in Brittany (North-West of France). Le Mounier spent much of his childhood in his grandfather’s carpentry workshop where he would craft tiny pieces of furniture with the tools and materials he could find there. Fascinated with wood, he started his training as a cabinetmaker in 1995. In 2003, Le Mounier opened his own workshop where he could express his passion and explore the many possibilities of crafting unique furniture design.
In his Dinard workshop, in the heart of his native Brittany, Le Mounier now conducts teams of master craftsmen to create elegant and graphic furniture deeply rooted in tradition with decidedly modern motifs. Together, they create singular pieces of precision design, harmoniously mixing rare woods with precious metals. The high level of attention to detail in both construction and design is a testimony to Le Mournier’s audacity and sensibility. Drawing inspiration from natural elements, art, fashion, and architecture the works mix strength of form with a lexicon of uncommon details and imagery that is both graphic and elegant. The broad range of woods and metals used, which can be as diverse as sycamore, ebony, bronze, steel, enamel, or sand, as well as the unpredictable way in which Le Mounier manipulates them, sets the artist apart.
brushed stainless steel, black raw oak, viscose wires
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