GLASS.MEKANO by Thomas Lemut

Sep-Nov

18

2017

Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 11am-6.30pm

Free Event

http://www.galleryfumi.com

Exhibition

Gallery FUMI presents a new collection of works entirely made of tempered glass by French designer Thomas Lemut.

Gallery FUMI is pleased to present GLASS.MEKANO, a solo show by Thomas Lemut. In this new body of work, his first in glass, Lemut challenges the restraints of working with this material to produce functional pieces that reflect his distinct design approach and aesthetic language. The key to Lemut’s practice is the celebration of a chosen material; be it in wood, metal and now glass. Cut into strips, each element is then assembled using mechanical fixings as opposed to the traditional method of welding or gluing.

Of all materials the French designer has been working with to date, glass has been by far the most challenging: finding a balance between hand and mechanical assemblage using strips of tempered glass is extremely difficult.
Driven by curiosity and a desire to further explore the potential of the material, Lemut worked closely with Yves Goude from Goude Glass, a glass factory based in the north west of France. After six months of collaborative research and much shattered glass, they finally found a successful equation. The result is an unprecedented collection of solid functional glass furniture comprising of a bench, a coffee table, a console, a mirror, a lamp and a chandelier.

Gallery FUMI

Gallery FUMI is a contemporary design gallery based in Mayfair, London, established in 2008 by Sam Pratt and Valerio Capo.

The gallery focuses on high-level, conceptually and aesthetically audacious contemporary designers and artists; each one encompassing the value of craftsmanship, traditional techniques and innovated new technologies. Objects are usually hand made by the designer, in a small workshop context, or in small batch production by specialist crafts practitioners. Many use traditional techniques such as carving, glassblowing, cabinetry, lacquering, meticulous hand assemblage. Others would also disassemble, burn or apply digital technologies in their making. There is an emphasis on the satisfyingly tactile as well as the purely visual. Great significance is placed on the emotional as well as the practical value of craft.

The directors have built enduring creative relationships with institutions, interior designers and collectors alike, and have gained a reputation for applying a very personal and original touch in their selection and curation. They run an ambitious programme of exhibitions alongside a presence at international design fairs.

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