Thierry Jeannot

My first approach to design was in the 80s when I developed and produced contemporary jewelry made out of acrylic and other materials, and started to collaborate with the fashion industry (Thierry Mugler) and Haute Couture in Paris. In 1996 I made my first trip to Mexico and started to work in collaboration with local crafts and started to run a workshop. Since 2005, I have been  designing  unique and limited editions pieces. I have angling my present work towards researching new ways of constructing and designing. What we call re-purposing and recycling came to me as new possibilities and I definitely wanted to use them in a new way as one uses any other conventional technique or material.
I observed PET bottles containing liquids, nicely organized in a store, and then those same transparent containers discarded on the floor or accumulated in the trash right in front of my studio in the old downtown of Mexico City. My first decision was to use them as if they were crystal and transform them into an iconic lighting design: a chandelier. By involving people from my neighborhood, the question of supply was naturally resolved, recycling those bottles just before the trash process and being able to do the strong selection I needed. This was my experience when designing Transmutation 1, Green Transmutation, and Transmutation 778 in which I question  preconceptions and value of materials.
For Morning Star, my coffee table project, I wanted to work with accumulations, re-purposed materials and ornamental elements that I had already employed when working on my chandeliers. One of the techniques I employ is fire and heat applied to plastic parts in order to increase the “crystal” effect. The inclusion of bronze confronts the traditional way of casting metals with all my experiments with melted, heated, dyed and deformed recycled plastics. Once again using fire, I burned metals and wood and then covered them with silver and gold leaf. I have chosen to maintain a strong connection to history and the decorative arts but also have wanted to question luxury and classicism and create a paradox in the way I use materials.
Thierry Jeannot Lighting
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