JWT Headquarters designed by Mathieu Lehanneur Design Studio
These rather funky offices are the Headquaters of JWT (John Walter Thompson) and were designed in 2011 by a team of designers and artists from the Mathieu Lehanneur Design Studio.
Mathieu Lehanneur graduated from ENSCI-Les Ateliers (French National School for Industrial Design) in 2001, and in the same year established his studio, dedicated to industrial design and interior architecture. At the heart of their design is a passion for interactions between the body and its environment, living systems and the scientific world around us.
The JWT design brief was to transform a 1350 m²area in order to:
– Create a place for intellectual stimulation and the optimization of creative abilities.
– Prompt movement, circulation and discussion: a perpetual movement of the body to fuel a perpetual flow of ideas.
– Diminish the visible and architectural signs of hierarchy.
– Encourage the coexistence and alternation of concentration, meeting, presentation and rest time.
– Reduce the use of paper in all areas.
– Promote contact with nature: plant juke-box, trailing plants, hen house.
The design team working on the project were; Associate artist – Scenocosme (Grégory Lasserre, Anaïs met den Ancxt), Production – Akonite, Cérabois, Diacasan, Eurosol, SixInch and Creative Team – Ana Moussinet, Pierre Favresse, Romain Guillet, Anne Doizy, Frederic Winckler
Studio Mathieu Lehanneur works for clients such as: AirMineral, Biotherm, Cartier, CEA, Centre Pompidou, Christofle, Chungho Nais, EDF, Flood, Harvard University, Hennessy, Issey Miyake, JCDecaux, JWT, La Poste, Lasvit, Le Laboratoire, Nike, Paco Rabanne, Poltrona Frau, Schneider Electric, Sony, Veuve Clicquot, Yohji Yamamoto…
The paragraph below has been sourced from Mathieu Lehanneur’s website and describes his inspiration, design philosphy and process:
“Therapeutic objects, invisible design, ergonomics of desire… Mathieu Lehanneur has juggled with contradictions for 10 years to produce a design which regularly exceeds its boundaries and catches the attention of prestigious clients internationally. Lehanneur is a creator of iconic objects which immediately summarize a time, a place or a brand. Mathieu Lehanneur therefore returns to simply good and useful design by referring to natural history more than to design history; for him the user is above all a body, a place of chemical exchange whose physiology is to be attended to in order respond to its needs, desires, or emotions. It is an exploration of natural and technical possibilities which permit him to produce objects which are equally functional and magical, as well as both strange and friendly. An intuitive or very real recognition, he sometimes even collaborates with scientists and doctors to invent new ergonomics when confronted with our tangible challenges: to breathe better; to sleep better; to love better; to live better.”
Anthony van den Bossche
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