Jean-Luc Le Mounier, Pair of Origami Armoires, FR, 2016
Je-Luc Le Mounier’s inspiration for the Origami Armoires derived from the concrete architectural facade of a building in New York City. The quilt-like triangular detail has been rendered in cast bronze and carved ebony to create a dynamic and sculptural front to each wardrobe. Playing with textures, Le Mounier uses both a smooth incised linear surface carved into the ebony, as well as an applied sand technique for a rough and rippled texture, both of which have been cast in contrasting brilliant bronze. The decorative facade wraps around three sides of each cabinet in a complex geometric pattern while the back is finished with the artists’s unique sand finish.
Each armoire consists of three drawers and one cabinet, which open from the side. Constructed of sycamore, the interior of the cabinets are finished in sycamore veneer marquetry in a triangle pattern, which mimics the exterior. The interior of the cabinet also features three shelves that pull out for accessibility. A hidden compartment in the bottom shelf is revealed when the shelf is pulled out.
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: Ebony, sycamore, bronze, sand
Dimensions: 90h x 40w x 21.25d inches
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