Jean-Luc Le Mounier, Hamada Cabinet, FR, 2019
Jean-Luc Le Mounier’s glittering, platinum-front Hamada Cabinet breaks new ground with a revolutionary technique of metal working before now only used in fine jewelry making. With Hamada Le Mounier has pushed his stellar vision and accomplishment to a new benchmark.
A key element to Le Mounier’s success is his acute attention to textural elements, often derived from nature. Hamada takes its name from a type of desert landscape consisting of largely barren, hard rocky plateaus, where most of the sand has been removed by wind removing the fine products of weathering, leaving behind a landscape of fragmented gravel and bare rock. To recreate the scorched earth effect, Le Mounier constructs a complex composition of individually sculpted metal plates, tessellated on a ground of brushed, black stainless steel.
The enamel plates are created with a surface of copper foil on which several layers of black crystal are melted, producing a finely detailed, raw appearance. The plates are then finished with a layer of platinum. The contrasting qualities of the satiny stainless steel and the polished platinum create a sparkling effect as light moves across the surface.
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.
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