— Published 24 February 2023

Mathieu Lehanneur, designer of the Olympic torch

A little more than 500 days before the opening of the Olympic Games, the OCOG Paris 2024 has revealed the identity of the designer of the torches and cauldrons of the event. His name: Mathieu Lehanneur (photo above). Presented as a “key figure in French design” he was chosen “for his poetic and highly symbolic approach, along with his ability to grasp the values and expectations of Paris 2024.” Born in 1974, Mathieu Lehanneur has built a solid international reputation over the past few years, thanks to an avant-garde, jack-of-all-trades approach to his craft. The OCOG explains in a release: he “works in a wide variety of creative fields ranging from object to architecture, art to product design, unique hand-crafted items to cutting-edge design technology.” His creations include projects related to mobility (hybrid motorboat, folding electric bicycle), the creation of urban furniture, interior architecture for museums and stores, and the design of technological products and exclusive works. He is notably at the origin of a solar street lighting furniture concept launched during COP-21, ora plant home air filtration system developed with Harvard University and based on a study conducted by NASA. Mathieu Lehanneur is the winner of the “Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris“. His works are now part of the public and private collections of the Centre Pompidou and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. The design of the torches for the Paris 2024 Games will be revealed by the end of the year.