Jean-Luc Le Mounier, Vers Le Large, FR, 2020

Jean-Luc Le Mounier, Vers Le Large, FR, 2020
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Jean-Luc Le Mounier says of his approach to design, “I reinterpret natural decorative elements often related to architecture: the breakwaters of Saint-Malo, the mussel piles of Cancale, or windbreaks dunes of Sables d’Or les Pins.” Vers le Large, a tall standing cabinet fitted with twelve cleverly hidden drawers, symbolizes a graphic representation of the piers that advance towards the sea in Le Mounier’s town of Brittany (North-West of France). The cabinet stands on ten white bronze sculpted legs reflecting the weather worn wooden stakes of a pier, conveying the passage of time.

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: White bronze and black engraved sycamore
Dimensions: 73h x 98w x 18.50d in // 185.42h x 248.92w x 46.99d cm

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