Jean-Luc Le Mounier, Filigrane Console, 2014
Jean-Luc Le Mounier’s, four drawer Filigrane Console features a top finished with panels of satiny, incised ebony laid out in a geometric mosaic pattern. Resting between two cast, patinated, white bronze panels the case of the console is held in place with hand formed bronze pins. The oak interior of the drawers are finished using the shou-sugi-ban method, an ancient Japanese finishing technique that preserves wood by charring it with fire. In addition to being aesthetically striking and elegant, the finishing technique strengthens the integrity of the oak. Inspired by the texture of the oak, Le Mounier has used the charred surface of the interior as individual cast bronze details in the front facade of the piece. These white bronze accents flow across the console creating a striking sculptural front that evokes written music or language, and upon closer examination, function as the console’s 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. 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.
In recent years, his furniture has been the subject of exhibitions organized in various galleries in Paris, London, Monaco, Los Angeles and Brussels, and has been presented at major art and design shows like the PAD in Paris, allowing him to build a following with collectors and decorators from around the world.
In 2009, he won the Jeunes Créateurs Award from Les Ateliers d’Art de France and later, his works were presented at the Carrousel du Louvre. In March 2017, he was selected by Architectural Digest magazine to participate in the exhibition “AD Collection” at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, an event bringing together the best designers of exceptional furniture in France. That same year Le Mounier was awarded the label “Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant” by the French Ministry of Economy and Finance.
Materials: White bronze, ebony and burned oak.
Dimensions: 43h x 85w x 22d inches
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