thierry jeannot (france, 1963) is a french artist interested in production processes, illuminated sculptures, and the intersection between design and art. he directs his work towards the search for new ways of production and designing. what we commonly know as reuse or recycling for the designer is new possibilities to explore the material and forms beyond conventional techniques.
his first approach to design was in the eighties when he began creating contemporary jewellery under his label, uppercut, in collaboration with monique falquerho, followed by a job at the fashion and haute couture studio thierry mugler.
in the late 1990s, jeannot travelled to mexico city for the first time and began collaborating with local plastic (pet) collectors. the pet would become the central motif for his future designs. upon his arrival, he established a studio, which became a community centre for the scavengers of la merced, mexico city.
the pet is cut and worked like glass at the studio to create different shapes. together with the collectors, jeannot decided to make his first chandelier, an object that confronts a waste material, such as plastic, to be recycled with an elegant and sophisticated shape.
jeannot’s work has been exhibited in various museums such as the mad museum in new york, the franz mayer museum in mexico city, the albuquerque museum of arts, and the amparo museum in puebla. in 2019, the mak museum in vienna commissioned him to produce a chandelier for sagmeister and walsh’s „beauty“ exhibition, also exhibited at the frankfurt museum of applied arts. in 2023, mobilier national acquired his piece transmutation número 14 chandelier, recognizing his use of recycled material and the uniqueness of his work.