Jean-Luc Le Mounier, Brise Lames, FR, 2018
Brise Lames, french for “breakwater” references Jean-Luc Le Mounier’s Breton origins, specifically the breakwaters of Saint-Malo. The great oak stakes which protect the city from storms are drawn on the front of the cabinet and made of patinated bronze on a background of ebony symbolizing the movement of the sea. The cabinet opens in the front to reveal a series of small drawers, each accented with verdigris patinated bronze pulls. Two additional cabinets open on either side of Brise Lames, each fitted with multiple shelves for added storage.
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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