Jean-Luc Le Mounier, Nice Day Low Cabinets, FR, 2018
Jean-Luc Le Mounier’s chests of drawers, titled Nice Day, originated from an architectural influence seen on a recent trip to New York City. Le Mounier noticed two glass and steel buildings, reflecting off each other, creating a distorted wave effect. The chests are visually broken into three columns mimicking the framing of the buildings’ windows. Each column is defined by the rough textured bronze base and top detail. The undulating pattern is interpreted with polished white bronze detailing against the rich ebony of the chest’s cases. Likewise, each drawer’s shape is carved to mimic the forms of the bronze details and blackened bronze drawer pulls.
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 of team 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. 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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