It’s not quite an object, neither is it merely a light fitting. Mathieu Lehanneur’s new Les Cordes chandelier straddles the boundary between light and special effect.
Designed for the entrance hall of the Château Borély – now Musée des Arts Décoratifs, de la Faïence et de la Mode in Marseille, France – the chandelier serves as a tribute to the spirit of the place, while also bringing a more modern flair to the space.
Built in 1760, the Borély country house was a house for holidays and celebrations where the Borély family welcomed their friends.
Conceived as a rope of light crossing the ceiling, only bands of light and glass are visible, Lehanneur explains. “It is the light itself that seems to live and circulate in the entrance space, as if stitched onto the building itself,” he said.
The chandelier was made using LEDs, tubes of borosilicate glass, and luminous control system.