Matthieu Lehanneur

The designer's first monograph explores his commitment to scientifically informed creations

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For his first monograph, Matthieu Lehanneur has opted to express his design standpoint through the medium of his past works. Since his 2001 graduation from the ENSCI-Les Ateliers, he has stunned the community with a decade of innovative production in industrial and interior design. The bound collection from Gestalten looks at Lehanneur’s design language with accompanying essays by the MoMA’s Paola Antonelli and Ross Lovegrove, in addition to a conversation between Lehanneur and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist.


Over the course of his ever-evolving career, Lehanneur has honored his commitment to marry science with design through inventions like the “Andrea” air purifier, which uses plants to naturally filter toxins from the air. The book highlights such favorites as it traces the development of his concept to create practical solutions for everyday living by working alongside members of the scientific community.


Other featured items include his design for a recuperative sleeping station, ceramic pottery based on U.N. population data, a weather forecaster for use in terminally ill hospital wards and S.M.O.K.E., an ethereal lamp made to imitate the appearance of compound bubbles that plays on the problem of air pollution. All of Lehanneur’s designs share the common thread of cross-discipline innovation, beautifully outlined in this monograph.