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Thursday 24 March — 14:00 - 14:30
The Talks — Hall 7


For the 60th birthday of the Renault 4L, Mathieu Lehanneur has reinvented the travel experience. It’s a chance to look back on his bold design practices, which explore new habits and all different fields of creative design!


Mathieu LehanneurDesigner & Founder of Bureau Mathieu Lehanneur

Sylvie AdigardJournalist & Producer

Mathieu Lehanneur

Mathieu Lehanneur

Designer & Founder of Bureau Mathieu Lehanneur

Since his graduation project, Mathieu Lehanneur has explored several paths. His degree work focused on the design of medicines, seeking to improve patients relationships’ with their illness and treatment. The project came to the attention of the team at MoMA in New York, and was immediately acquired for its permanent collections. Independent by nature, upon leaving college he set up his own studio in 2001, and has collaborated with luxury brands such as Cartier and Veuve Clicquot, developed interiors, and created furniture and decorative objects. In 2015, in parallel to these activities, he was appointed Chief Designer at Huawei. “Because objects have the power to transform us, because we are body and mind, because what we possess represents us” - Mathieu Lehanneur’s manifesto positions his research in the tangible and the intangible. He works closely with scientists and start-ups, combining design and technology, art and artisanal know-how. He also draws inspiration from nature and history. In 2007, he created the Andrea air purifier in collaboration with Harvard University. In 2018, he asserted his independence by founding the brand that bears his name. Everything that now carries his signature is designed, produced, and sold under his brand. “Whatever I want to do, I can achieve it here“, he says. During the 2020 pandemic, he created State of the World, a collection of aluminium sculptures showing the historical variations contained in the population pyramids of each country. He has just designed the Olympic and Paralympic Torch for the Paris 2024 Games, and will reveal the Cauldron during the opening ceremony. And now he has been named as Maison&Objet’s Designer of the Year for the same year.

Sylvie Adigard

Sylvie Adigard

Journalist & Producer

Sylvie Adigard is passionate about creation in the broadest sense, but about the art of living in particular. For many years she has been defending design, architecture and crafts on France 2. What interests her above all is the human encounter. Behind any form of creation, there is the passion and the gesture of a man or a woman... She likes them to tell their story and to explain their creative intention. France is full of talent... She is the witness of it. Sylvie Adigard has been a member of the commission of living heritage companies. She is a jury member and expert in many prestigious design, architecture and arts and crafts competitions and awards. She has also produced documentaries on design, architecture and French know-how.

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