THIERRY JEANNOT

 

The ALCHEMIST and master craftsman in plastic presents up-cycling at its best and demonstrates how waste can transform into real luxury


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Thierry Jeannot and ‘Transmutation 1’ chandelier

 

Thierry Jeannot (b. 1963) is a French-born designer living in Mexico for the last 16 years.  Working across product design, architecture and social design, his focus generates high added value to recycled materials through design.  He is interested in traditional techniques and materials and has worked closely with crafts-people both in Paris (Thierry Mugler) and more recently in Mexico City.  He follows a design philosophy where design and the production process are never separated.  In the 1980s he began working with a range of unconventional or ‘outlandish’ materials.  And for the last five years he has been working exclusively with the PET bottle as his raw-material. He explores various techniques of using the bottle and to transform its materiality and status to favourable acclaim both in Mexico and The United States.  He is also developing home based employment for disadvantaged communities in Mexico City such as women, unemployed, disabled, HIV sufferers et al.

THIERRY JEANNOT ARTIST STATEMENT

I orient my 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.

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 and Green Transmutation in which I question symbols of luxury as well as the preconception 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 decided to maintain a strong connection to history and the decorative arts but also wanted to question luxury and classicism and create a paradox in the way I use materials.
WATCH THIS GREAT VIDEO ABOUT THE PROCESS OF THIERRY`S WORK IN MEXICO CITY:

FILM credits: video by Romain “ojabierto” Thieriot; production Thierry Jeannot, 2014

NEWS:

We are proud to be part in the major exhibition at the MAD New York (Museum of Art and Design) with three gallery pieces, two of which are by Thierry. We will show the ´Green Transmutation’ chandelier and the new stunning coffee table ‘Morning Star’ (scroll further down for images, or see in the WORKS section), as well as Ariel Rojo´s ‘FOCO ROJO’ rug.

New Territories
Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America

will be at the MAD NYC from November 4, 2014 to February 22, 2015
then traveling to Albuquerque and Puebla:
Albuquerque: Dec 2015 to April 2016
Puebla: June 2016 to September 2016

CHANDELIERS

The chandeliers are constructed from hundreds of plastic bottles meticulously selected, cut and reassembled as an exceptional object. From afar it appears as a crystal chandelier, but the result of a closer look reveals another origin and shifts our preconceptions about the value of materials. The piece is a result of Jeannot’s six-year-long research into the PET material and its characters and origins within the trash system in Mexico City. It was handcrafted over a period of a few months.

For Thierry his work has often also a social aspect. He incorporates local disadvantaged people within Mexico City in teaching them to find the right type of bottles and rescue them from trash and in incorporating them in various aspects within the construction process.


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‘Transmutation 1’, chandelier, clear, 2011,
ca. 1000 reclaimed PET (plastic) bottles, Aluminium construction, 16 arms and 16 light bulbs, handcrafted,
diameter: 140cm , H: 150cm,
Edition 3 of 3


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Detail of ‘Transmutation 1’ chandelier


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‘Green Transmutation’, Chandelier , 2010
Ca. 500 reclaimed PET plastic bottles, coloured green,
Aluminium construction,
8 arms, 8 bulbs, handcrafted
diameter: 100cm, H: 100cm
Unique piece

‘Transmutation 1’ chandelier, edition 1 of 3, @ Rethinking Traditions Exhibition Washington DC

‘Transmutation 1’ chandelier, edition 2 of 3, @ Designer`s studio at dawn, Mexico City

`OCTO´ chandelier, 2014

Octo Chandelier

COFFEE TABLE, MORNING STAR, 2014

This new piece by Thierry Jeannot was unveiled to the public and launched at the MAD New York, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, at their major 2014 exhibition:

New Territories – Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America
November 4, 2014 to April 15, 2015

Next stops for the show:
Albuquerque: Dec 2015 to April 2016
Puebla: June 2016 to September 2016

MORNING STAR, Coffee Table, 2014

Base: h: 40cm (15.74”); diameter: 95cm (37.4”)
Glass top: diameter: 115cm (45.27”); thickness: 1.2cm (3.04”)
Stainless steel structure, 32 bronze flowers (hand-crafted in lost wax casting technique), plastic (P.E.T.), perspex mirror, burnt wood with gold and silver leaf; glass top
Unique Piece of a limited edition

Detail of MORNING STAR

ROOM DIVIDER

‘Celosia’
Room Divider, 2010
reclaimed PET plastic bottles,
colored black and white,
aluminium and plastic construction,
handcrafted
available in different sizes and colors
this piece: H: 250cm, W: 230cm
edition of 5

RING PROJECT – un quarto litro ring


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‘1/4 Litro’ Ring: in Gold, Fuchsia, Clear and Charcoal, 2011
Recycled coloured PET and handcrafted re-used sterling silver .925
different sizes
limited edition of 30

‘1/4 Litro’ Ring Clear, 2011
Recycled coloured PET and handcrafted re-used sterling silver .925
different sizes
limited edition of 30


‘1/4 Litro’ Ring Fuchsia, 2011
Recycled coloured PET and handcrafted re-used sterling silver .925
different sizes
limited edition of 30


‘1/4 Litro’ Ring Gold, 2011
Recycled coloured PET and handcrafted re-used sterling silver .925
different sizes
limited edition of 30


‘1/4 Litro’ Ring Charcoal, 2011
Recycled coloured PET and handcrafted re-used sterling silver .925
different sizes
limited edition of 30

 

For more information and prices of the pieces please contact:
marion@marionfriedmann.com