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Local River

24 May 2018
Local River  - <span class="node-unpublished">Mathieu Lehanneur</span> -

Local River, home storage unit for fish and greens. The Locavores appeared in San Francisco in 2005 and define themselves as a group of culinary adventurers who eat foods produced in a radius of 100 miles (160 km) around their city. By doing so they aim to reduce impact on the environment inherent to the transport of foodstuffs, while ensuring their traceability. Local River anticipates the growing influence of this group (the word 'locavore' made its first appearance in an American dictionary in 2007) by proposing a home storage unit for live freshwater fish combined with a mini vegetable patch. This DIY fish-farm-cum-kitchen-garden is based on the principle of aquaponics coupled with the exchange and interdependence of two living organisms - plants and fish. The plants extract nutrients from the nitrate-rich dejecta of the fish. In doing so they act as a natural filter that purifies the water and maintains a vital balance for the eco-system in which the fish live. The same technique is used on large-scale pioneer aquaponics/fish-farms, which raise tilapia (a food fish from the Far East) and lettuce planted in trays floating on the surface of ponds. Local River responds to everyday needs for fresh food that is 100% traceable. It bets on a return to favour of farm-raised freshwater fish (trout, eel, perch, carp, etc...), given the dwindling supplies of many saltwater species due to over-fishing. It also demonstrates the capacity of fish-farmers to deliver their stock live to a private consumer as a guarantee of optimum freshness - impossible in the case of saltwater fish that has been netted. Local River aims to replace the decorative 'TV aquarium' by an equally decorative but also functional 'refrigerator-aquarium'. In this scenario, fish and greens cohabit for a short time in a home storage unit before being eaten by their keepers, the end-players in an exchange cycle within a controlled ecosystem.

Mathieu Lehanneur is a French designer who is on the forefront of the international design scene; he is also one of the few in his generation to use his talent in a variety of areas, beyond furniture. Innovatively, he combines design, science, art and technology as poetic-communicative components to achieve maximum welfare for human beings. Air, water, sound and light are his favorite work materials. Graduated from ENSCI-Les Ateliers 'École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle, his project entitled "Theurapeutic Objetcs", which explores the relationship of humankind and drugs, is part of the MOMA's permanent collection. In 2008, Popular Magazine's "Best Invention Award" was awarded to Andrea, which was created in partnership with David Edwards and based on studies developed by NASA. Mathieu Lehanneur designs for brands such as Veuve Clicquot, Issey Miyake, Christofle, Cartier, Poltrona Frau, JCDecaux, Nike, among others, with the same proficiency as he creates spectacular projects for Saint Hilaire Church, for the Diaconesses Hospital, for the new hotspot of the Parisian scene, Electric, for the Pullman Hotels (London and Paris), for the Centre Pompidou, for Audemars-Piguet and for the upcoming cultural center Lab Cambridge, opening next July. In his portfolio are, yet, pieces exclusively designed in limited series for the Carpenters Workshop Gallery. His works are also in the permanent collections of Centre Pompidou, SFMoMa, the foundation of contemporary art Frac Ile de France and Design Museum. Mathieu Lehanneur was invited to lecture at TED Conference programs and in 2012 to have his book published by the German publishing house Gestalten.


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