Jean-Luc Le Mounier, Papillon Cabinet, FR, 2018
Jean-Luc Le Mounier’s latest work, the Papillon Cabinet is assertive in form with two grand curved wings facing the cabinet’s cleverly hinged doors. The “wings” are finished in a satiny black straw marquetry silhouetted against the gold straw marquetry of the cabinet’s inner doors. The graphic doors open to reveal a delicate, lacy, bronze “gate” that encloses the cabinet’s two shelves and hidden compartments. The high level of attention to detail in both construction and design is a testimony to Le Mournier’s audacity and sensibility.
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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