To arouse emotion and wonder, that is the aim of the Parisian kermis designer of the year. Between experimentation and magic

Outonomy, this is the name of Mathieu Lehanneur's Parisian installation at the January edition (18 to 22) of the Maison&Objet fair, which named him Designer of the Year 2024. A Frenchman, born in 1974, h is a multidisciplinary, unconventional pioneer, working across the board in the world of creativity, from architecture to art, to major luxury brands (such as Cartier and Veuve Clicquot); from handmade one-offs to cutting-edge technologies (he has been chief designer at Huawei since 2015).

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Improving well-being

Ever since his graduation thesis, in which he created medicines aimed at developing the relationship with the patient, his projects have aspired to improve the well-being of those who use them, between magic and innovation. "Because objects have the power to transform us, because we are body and mind, because what we possess represents us": these are Mathieu Lehanneur's manifesto principles awarded by Maison&Objet.

Futuristic projects

Mathieu Lehanneur's projects include an award-winning plant-based home air filtration system in collaboration with Harvard University, solar-powered street lighting, limited editions for the Carpenters Workshop Gallery, collaborations with Nike, Air France, a hybrid motor boat project and a folding electric bicycle.

A new entrepreneurial system

In 2018, he created a new entrepreneurial system: everything that bears his name is produced under his brand name. At his new headquarters in Ivry-sur-Seine, an experimental factory housed in an 800-square-metre former industrial building belonging to the French national electricity company, Mathieu Lehanneur designs, manufactures prototypes, chooses the most consistent European manufacturers and then assembles the pieces made before shipping them all over the world.

Perfect symmetries

He has just designed the torches and braziers for the Olympics and Paralympics for the Paris 2024 Games, a concept that combines water and fire based on the idea of perfect symmetry, a fluid form that conveys a message of brotherhood.

A minimal ecosystem

Mathieu Lehanneur's design for Maison&Objet is based on four actions: escape, take off, breathe, live, far from noise and heaviness: Outonomy is a minimal and at the same time optimal living ecosystem that, far from a nostalgic return to the past, wants to relate our deepest needs to current technologies.

Top, Mathieu Lehanneur photographed in his exhibition space and headquarter.