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Les Cordes Chandelier by Mathieu Lehanneur

“Les Cordes” chandelier by Mathieu Lehanneur for Château Borély : more than a light, more than an object, an impression.

It’s always important to make a good first impression, and what better than an original chandelier by Mathieu Lehanneur in a Museum’s entrance hall to do so?


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In Marseille the Château Borély was recently transformed into the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, de la Faïence et de la Mode. For its opening Mathieu Lehanneur was charged with a mission: design a chandelier to match the greatness of the place.

He created “Les Cordes” (the ropes) to pay tribute to the place in a modern way rather than in a traditional one. So, exit the ideas of a massive crystal structures, hello lightness and originality. The Chateau Borély was built in 1760 to be used by the Borély family as a country house. There they hosted friends and celebrations during the holidays, so the lighting for the main hall had to echo the idea of a fiesta.

“Les Cordes” is a chandelier that seems to come out of the ceiling and hang casually above the visitors’ heads. “This chandelier was conceived as a rope of light crossing the ceiling; only bands of light and glass are visible. 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”, says Mathieu Lehanneur about his creation. And indeed there is a poetic and soft impression that comes out of this lighting installation, a feeling of evanescence.


© Vincent Duault – buymedesign.com


© Vincent Duault – buymedesign.com

LEDs, tubes of borosilicate glass, luminous control system.

Château Borély
134 avenue Clôt Bey
13008 Marseille

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