François Thevenin The man who tamed metal

Architect, sculptor and furniture designer François Thévenin does it all. 

Born in 1931, this Fine Arts student in Paris chose to return to his native French Riviera in the mid 60s, just as architect Jacques Couëlle was starting his Castellaras project, a vast billionaire colony in the South-East of France. The pair invented the “home-landscape” concept, an ecological concept before its time, where habitat exists in perfect harmony with its natural environment. François Thévenin dressed those houses with chair, coffee tables, chandeliers, handrails even. All handmade, out of metal, brass or wood. 

His work is characterized by thorough hammering, his signature of sorts. Some pieces require up to 300 hours of manual work. In his eyes, that extreme work of metal conjures the elemental purity and the harsh bite of the summer sun. 

Thévenin's long-time collaboration with wife Sido resulted in a number of works, on which the couple sometimes worked simultaneously.

Leclaireur presents the Crypto Séries (1985), four original and organically-shaped bronze and metal pieces, considered to be key-works in his career.