Related Projects: Belgrade Design Week Festival 2012


Mathieu Lehanneur, 39, is a French designer who is on the forefront of international design scene; he is also one of the few in his generation to use his talents in a variety of areas, beyond furniture. Innovatively, he combines design, science, art and technology as poetic-communicative components to achieve maximum welfare for human beings. Air, water, sound and light are his favorite work materials.

Graduated from ENSCI-Les Ateliers |’École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle, his project entitled “Theurapeutic Objetcs”, which explores the relationship of humankind and drugs, is part of the MoMa (New York /
US) ‘s permanent collection, which also houses in its collection Andrea, Mathieu’s iconic piece, an indoor air purifier that absorbs, through the plant which is housed inside the unit, toxic particles released by plastic, wood, fabric or metal items in the places where we live. In 2008, Popular Magazine’s “Best Invention Award” was awarded to Andrea, which was created in partnership with David Edwards (Harvard University) and based on studies developed by NASA.

Mathieu Lehanneur designs for brands such as Veuve Clicquot, Issey Miyake, Christofle, Cartier, Poltrona Frau, JCDecaux, Nike, among others, with the
same proficiency as he creates spectacular projects for Saint Hilaire Church (Melle, France), for the Diaconesses Hospital (Paris), for the new hotspot of the Parisian scene, Electric, for the Pullman Hotels (London and Paris), for the Centre Pompidou (Paris), for Audemars-Piguet (Hong Kong, Basel, Miami) and for the upcoming cultural center Lab Cambridge (Boston, US), opening next July. In his portfolio are, yet, pieces exclusively designed in limited series for the Carpenters Workshop Gallery (Paris and London).

His works are also in the permanent collections of Centre Pompidou (Paris), SFMoMa (San Francisco / US), the foundation of contemporary art Frac Ile de France (Paris) and Design Museum (Gent, Belgium).  Mathieu Lehanneur was invited to lecture at TED Conference programs (2009) and in 2012 to have his book published by the German publishing house Gestalten.

Paola Antonelli, curator for architecture and design at MoMa (NY) describes him as “a champion of the intellectual agility of today’s design”. In order to create his science-inspired humanistic projects, the designer considers human beings as complex structures which need more than chairs, but need air to breathe, sustainable food, good health, and love to live better.

Belgrade Design Week is fantastic! It is a conference with a great international reputation.   I have heard so many friends, professionals and peers who said it was one of the best conferences in the world, and something you must do! So, I had no doubts in saying yes when Jovan asked me to do it 6 months ago. Belgrade Design Week is different, it’s a bit crazy, and the special passion and the energy is what makes it really good!