mathieu lehanneur: bucky's nightmare
mathieu lehanneur: bucky's nightmare mathieu lehanneur: bucky's nightmare
jun 24, 2009

mathieu lehanneur: bucky's nightmare

designer mathieu lehanneur transforms the geodesic domes of buckminster fuller into reconfigurable leather ottomans. the design for ‘bucky’s nightmare’ takes the principles of the geodesic dome known for its structural innovation and research and turns it into a blob structure. the leather ottoman is filled with a reconfigurable foam that alters form depending on the use. the triangular sewn leather allows the design to shift form, acting like a blob while retaining its geometric structure. lehanneur designed the ottoman in 90cm and  150 cm versions.

photography by veronique huyghe

  • super cool!
    i wanna one of these!

    Carol says:
  • bouroullec ripoff

    modular says:
  • buckminster fuller did it long before the bourollec boys

    karl says:
  • modular,

    the bouroullecs do not have the copyright on faceted product or textile design. perhaps you should further elaborate upon your opinion so that is has validity to others.

    i for one enjoy this piece. it brings modernity to the “beanbag” or “ottoman” in both material and form.

    kat says:
  • “Bouroullec copy ?”
    I don’t know, but it was the first thing I tought when I discovered this product. For me, I am not so exiting by this object from Mathieu Lehanneur. He used to be more innovative …

    Bull says:
  • You don’t “copy” within 2 months something like that, anyone with a bit of experience knows that such things take much longer to realise, from first idea to working prototype…

    Hank says:

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