Design Approaching sculpture, the design of Léa Mestres
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Approaching sculpture, the design of Léa Mestres

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Tommaso Berra
Léa Mestres | Collatr.al

Léa Mestres‘ work could be described as an experiment in bringing design to the borderline with sculpture. There are several aspects of her works – chairs and especially lamps – that bring these two ways of seeing her collections closer together, first of all the dimensions, very often large and dominant, almost caricaturing the typical image we have of chairs and lights.
Lamps are the product that most represents the artist born in Paris in 1992, because they allow her to emphasise colours, always very accentuated and combined in soft pastel intensities. Pink, light blue, yellow, all defined colours that fade thanks to the light falling on the entire surface.

Colour is also an element with which to play with humour and joy. To do this, many of Léa Mestres’ works are made of mosaic, recreating chessboards of colours or small decorative motifs.
On the artist’s instagram profile, there are also videos of the workshop in which she creates her works. It is nice to appreciate how the material (plaster in particular) is made, as the texture and finish of the raw material is another element that enhances the sculptural effect of the products.
The roughness and irregularities of the surface in fact serve to emphasise the incidence of light on the colours, giving personality and plasticity to all the works, a role similar to that of the individual colours in the mosaic variants.

Léa Mestres | Collatr.al
Léa Mestres | Collatr.al
Léa Mestres | Collatr.al
Léa Mestres | Collatr.al
Léa Mestres | Collatr.al
Léa Mestres | Collatr.al
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Written by Tommaso Berra
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