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Paris 2024 commissions designer Mathieu Lehanneur to create the Olympic and Paralympic torches and cauldrons


23 Feb 2023 – Paris 2024 has announced that it will partner with French designer Mathieu Lehanneur to create the Olympic and Paralympic torches and cauldrons, which are powerful symbols of the Games. The torch design will be unveiled later in 2023.

Born in 1974, Mathieu Lehanneur is an internationally renowned French designer. A multi-disciplinary pioneer, 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 projects combine innovation, magic, design, science, art and an ambition to enhance user well-being.

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Mathieu Lehanneur designer

Lehanneur’s works stretch across countless fields of expression: projects linked to mobility (hybrid engine boat, foldable electric bike), street furniture, interior design for museums and shops, technological product design, exclusive works, and much more.

His collaboration with prestigious brands, leading institutions and start-ups has often been characterised by a desire to combine aesthetics and sustainability. His projects include a solar street lighting furniture concept launched during COP-21 in Paris and a plant home air filtration system created in partnership with Harvard University, based on a study developed by NASA. For the latter project, the multi-award-winning designer was given the Best Invention Award by US magazine Popular Science.

At the forefront of French design, Lehanneur’s works can be found in the most prominent public and private collections in the world, including those of the Pompidou Centre and the Paris Museum of Decorative Arts, as well as the Museums of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco.

Mathieu Lehanneur selected following a call for tenders

The designer of the Olympic and Paralympic torches and cauldrons was selected following a call for tenders by Paris 2024, in which applicants were invited to demonstrate their understanding of the organisers’ creative ambition. Lehanneur was chosen for his poetic and highly symbolic approach, along with his ability to grasp the values and expectations of Paris 2024.

The Olympic and Paralympic torches and cauldrons, key symbols of the Games

Before each edition of the Games, the torch carries a flame. For the Olympic Games, the flame is lit by the sun’s rays at a ceremony held in the Temple of Hera at Olympia, Greece, in tribute to the Ancient Olympic Games. For the Paralympic Games, the flame is created at Stoke Mandeville, Great Britain, the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement.

From each lighting place the torchbearers will carry the respective flames through France to the Opening Ceremonies of each Games, where the cauldron is lit and the Games declared open.

The Olympic and Paralympic torches and cauldrons are mythical objects of the modern Games. They symbolise the spirit of an edition of the Games through their design, which is usually linked to the culture and characteristics of the host country.

The Olympic and Paralympic torches will be unveiled in 2023

Members of the public will be able to see the torches throughout the Olympic and Paralympic torch relays, with the detailed routes being revealed in spring 2023. The torch design will be unveiled by the end of the year.

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