The fragility and transience of human life. The inventory of life by Mathieu Lehanneur

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Maria Cristina Didero.
June 06 to 12, 2022.
Milan Design Week 2022 in Milan, Italy.
Triennale Milano. Milan, Italy.
Raf Studio.- Felipe Ribon

Mathieu Lehanneur

Mathieu Lehanneur, one of the top designers and influencers, is a French designer who is at the forefront of the 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, technology and art to create humanistic projects to achieve maximum welfare for human beings. Graduating from ENSCI-Les Ateliers / l’École nationale supérieure de création industrielle, Paris, his works are in the permanent collections of the MoMa (both New York and San Francisco/US), Centre Pompidou (Paris/FR) and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris/FR).

In 2008, American magazine Popular Science’s “Best Invention Award” was awarded to Andrea, Lehanneur’s indoor air purifier, created in partnership with Harvard University and based on studies developed by NASA.

Mathieu Lehanneur collaborates with world leading brands such as Nike, Veuve Clicquot, Audemars Piguet, Hôtels Pullman, and Schneider Electric. With the same proficiency, Lehanneur creates spectacular projects for Saint Hilaire Church, UNESCO’s world heritage (Melle/FR) and works in partnership either with start-ups from different fields or important players such as Huawei, with whom he collaborates as chief designer. Lehanneur also works in limited editions or unique pieces, for the Carpenters Workshop Gallery (Paris, London and New York). 

Mathieu Lehanneur was invited to lecture at TED Conference Global programme in 2009 and, in 2012, to have his book published by the German publishing house Gestalten and to have an exhibition dedicated to his work at the Le Grand Hornu Design Center, Belgium.

Maria Cristina Didero

Maria Cristina Didero is an independent design curator, consultant and author, who has collaborated with different magazines and contributed to many publications; she is currently covering the role of Milan editor for Wallpaper magazine. Didero has consulted for companies such as Vitra, Fritz Hansen, Lexus, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, and Valextra among others.

Based in Milan, MC works internationally, curating exhibitions for institutions: some of her recent projects include Nendo: The Space in Between and The Conversation Show at the Holon Design Museum, Israel; FUN HOUSE by Snarkitecture at National Building Museum, Washington D.C.; SuperDesign a project about Italian radical design, NY; Vegan Design, or the Art of Reduction by Erez Nevi and The Fish and The Crowd by Carlo Massoud, Milan.

She is currently preparing a solo exhibition on the subjects of migrants with Fernando and Humberto Campana at Dallas Contemporary, a project at the MK&G in Hamburg titled Ask Me if I Believe in the Future and a solo show by Mathieu Lehanneur titled The Inventory of Life, plus a series of ongoing collaborations.

In January 2022 she was appointed Curatorial Director of Design Miami/ for Basel Paris and Miami Beach fairs.



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