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Mathieu Lehanneur brings Liquid Marble technique to tables

London Design Festival 2016: French designer Mathieu Lehanneur has added to his Liquid Marble series for an exhibition at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery (+ slideshow).

Mathieu Lehanneur's Spring exhibition includes new Liquid Marble tables
Lehanneur's Spring exhibition features pieces that use material to play on the idea of the natural states – solid, liquid and gas

The Spring exhibition features pieces that use material to play on the idea of the natural states – solid, liquid and gas.

The designer returned to his Liquid Marble technique to sculpt aluminium into convincing waves that sit at the base of glass tables.

Lehanneur used 3D special effects software – usually employed by the film industry – to design the realistic watery ripples.

Mathieu Lehanneur's Spring exhibition includes new Liquid Marble tables
The Liquid Marble table features convincing waves made from aluminium using 3D special effects software usually employed by the film industry

"They fix the moment as a frozen image and play with the constant reflections of light on their polished surface," said the designer. "Liquid creates a certain ambiguity of its materials, in a state of transition at the border of liquid and solid."

Mathieu Lehanneur's Spring exhibition includes new Liquid Marble tables
Lehanneur's Les Cordes chandelier features a tangle of looped glass tubes

The exhibition also features older pieces, like the Les Cordes chandelier, which features a tangle of looped glass tubes. Lehanneur used traditional craft methods and worked with lab equipment manufacturers to create the design.

"As a thread of glass and light stitched into the ceiling, this chandelier leaves its object's status to become, as by magic, intimately linked to architecture," he said.

Mathieu Lehanneur's Spring exhibition includes new Liquid Marble tables
The Spring lamps are made from ribbed glass tubes that appear to be erupting from a marble base

His Smoke lamps were made using hand-blown glass globes, and the Spring lamps, which are also new to the exhibition, are made from a bundle of ribbed glass tubes that appear to be erupting from a marble base. Lehanneur has maintained the natural finish of each material.

Mathieu Lehanneur's Spring exhibition includes new Liquid Marble tables
The Spring exhibition is being held at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London from 8 to 30 September 2016

As part of London Design Festival, Lehanneur is also showing a Liquid Marble piece at the Victoria and Albert museum, made from a single piece of polished black marble sculpted to resemble a narrow pool.

The Spring exhibition is being held at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery, and is open from 8 to 30 September.