Jean-Luc Le Mounier, Papillon Cabinet II, FR, 2019
Jean-Luc Le Mounier’s belief that furniture design holds infinite possibilities has fueled his creative process, resulting in works that are both highly evocative and cleverly functional. The dynamic hanging Papillon Cabinet II is assertive in form with two grand curved wings facing the cabinet’s cleverly hinged doors. The “wings” are finished in a satiny silver straw marquetry silhouetted against inner doors sheathed in black straw marquetry. The graphic doors open to reveal a delicate, lacy, bronze “gate” that encloses the cabinet’s two shelves and hidden compartments composed of amaranth wood and a rich pink leather. The high level of attention to detail in both construction and design is a testimony to Le Mournier’s audacity.
Fascinated with wood, he started his training as a cabinetmaker in 1995. His passion for woodwork developed most notably during his ten-year apprenticeship with Les Compagnons du Devoir (Guildsmen). In turn, an association with legendary iconoclast designer, Maria Pergay helped shape Le Mounier’s penchant for eccentric furniture design driven by a deep relationship with sometimes unconventional materials.
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.
Medium: Silver and Black Marquetry, Bronze, Amaranth Wood, Dusty Rose Leathet
Dimensions: 73” H x 78 1/2” W x 20” D, 185.42 H x 199.39 W x 50.80 D cm
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