Reminiscent of strands of pearls looped time and again atop the perfect little black dress (a la Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s), the Les Cordes (or Rope) chandelier by Mathieu Lehanneur echoes classic, traditional beauty. But this light fixture is anything but traditional. It is a modern art installation in the midst of an extremely traditional locale: the eighteenth century Château Borély in Marseille, France. Once a private home, the city-owned chateau was recently renovated to house the Marseille fashion museum, Musée des Arts Décoratifs de la Faïence et de la Mode.
The fixture begins and ends within the ceiling of the building’s grand, stone-wrapped entrance, seemingly spilling into the space from the room above, like the descending strokes of the most beautiful calligraphy dipping below an imaginary line. “This chandelier was conceived as a rope of light crossing the ceiling, only bands of light and glass are visible,” says designer Mathieu Lehanneur. “It is not an object. It is not a light fitting. It is the light itself that seems to live and circulate in the entrance space, as if stitched onto the building itself.”
Writing for her blog, the London Design Journal, Edith says of the installation made from LEDs, tubes of borosilicate glass, and a luminous control system, “The modernist in me loves the new lighting installation by french designer Mathieu Lehanneur, in it’s essence the material itself is being celebrated. The use of a modern material in a simple and beautiful way in a historic setting couldn’t be better suited.” We give Les Cordes by Mathieu Lehanneur a glowing appraisal: gorgeous meld of lighting, technology, and design creativity! Thanks to Illumini for putting this on our radar!
Video by Christophe Luparini for RUBIGO Agency. Photos by Vincent Duault.