I have already written here about French designer Mathieu Lehanneur before, but here is a new commission that he has recently done and which I love. It is called Les Cordes, and it is a chandelier composed of LED strips sealed within borosilicate glass tubes, which he installed at Château Borély in Marseille. While you all know by now that I am intrigued by the marriage of the traditional and the
contemporary, that combination is not always working. Here it works perfectly. Built in the 18th Century for the Borély family, a dynasty of fabric merchants, the Château was designed with early neoclassical architectural elements as the vogue in France during the reign of Louis XVI. While it is not the natural setting for a chandelier made of glass tubing, the two languages merge here successfully.