For this year’s AD Intérieurs exhibition in Paris, the top interior designer and product designer Mathieu Lehanneur presented a project which concentrates in one place the entire conceptual and aesthetic universe of the designer. Named “Last Known Home”, the ideal living space, a sort of contemporary refuge for an aesthete and hermit collector, who would have run away from honors and vanity.
“If I were to withdraw from the world today, from its agitation and its fury, this is where I would live. This would be my last known home …”
From flint to artificial intelligence, from mineral to living species, the room combines savoir-faire and science and beautifully brings to life Mathieu Lehanneur’s unique approach. Primitive elements fuse with technology in a showcase of a brief history of our civilization. “I wanted to combine the sophistication of those who know the beauty of things and the simplicity of those who do not need anything anymore.” Mathieu Lehanneur.
The first impression, all mineral, reveals a great sophistication. Even the books are made of stone, as though they have already been read and exist only as a memory. The neutral palette of the Navona travertine wall, the Versailles parquet and the ceiling in titanium plates are combined with touches of pink onyx, green marble, and iridescent metallic reflections.
The gold of the fire burns in the fireplace. In the middle of the space, two works from the Ocean Memories series in Marquina black marble create a visual contrast and a chromatic transition with the whole.
A monumental bed design emerges in an alcove. The structure and the bedding are made of the same blonde birch essence, cut and assembled to tailor-made the bed and finely woven to form the sumptuous Italian linen. “It has never been so comfortable sleeping in a tree,” jokes the designer.
The sofa, juxtaposed to the bed, marks the transition from the bedroom to the living room. A precious silk and linen rug is designed as an archipelago of organic shapes and pastel shades. Floating lines cross the space: a giant mirror transmits the air of suspended mercury drops; a grand armchair with open and empty arms is entirely covered in leather. Also floating from the ceiling, a striking chandelier made of metal tubes sows doubt between solid and flexible … Grace mingles with doubt when eyes rest on a gray marble buffet magically floating in a family of delicate blown glass bubbles. In Mathieu Lehanneur’s home, luxury, spirituality and fantastic are never far away.