Mathieu Lehanneur Presents Liquid Marble Technique at London Design Festival – A perfect blend between art and science.
In his ‘Spring’ exhibition at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London, Mathieu Lehanneur takes us into a world of flux. As if the cycle of the seasons and nature’s forces have specially looked at the fate of objects… Here, the artist-designer with a passion for science, grapples with ancestral materials in order to suffuse them with plasticity, fluidity and tone.
The works in the ‘Spring’ exhibition seem to hesitate between solid, liquid and gaseous. They appear to be suspended mid-transformation in a poetic state of metamorphosis. Marble and aluminium become liquid, onyx becomes air and glass softens as in a return to its original state.
The ‘Liquid Aluminium’ and ‘Liquid Marble’ tables were designed, for example, using 3D special effects software created for the film industry and the designer sought advice from laboratory equipment manufacturing experts in order to bend the curved glass tubes of ‘Les Cordes’.
“I use complex and technological fabrication processes, and sometimes even experimental methods, and this, at all steps of development. But, the finished piece should not be a technical demonstration or a tribute to the technology. It needs to be obvious, a relation between the work and you”, says Lehanneur.
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As part of London Design Festival 2016 (17 – 25 September 2016) award-winning designer Mathieu Lehanneur installs another spectacular work from his ‘Liquid Marble’ series in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Located in the V&A’s exquisite Norfolk House Music Room throughout London Design Festival, ‘Liquid Marble’ evokes a surreal vision of the sea, mimicking the look and feel of rippling water.