Jean-Francois Mimilla, Marc LeBihan’s associate in Lange et Linceul, is a self-taught jewellery designer, who shares Le Bihan’s passion for conceptual creations. His extensive use of ‘resin’, an extremely live material, allows him to freeze within it, or combine it with materials of impeccable history, such as vintage fabrics and lace, antique glass beads or blown glass from the 1920s and 1930s but also dusty old pictures.
Captivated by vintage materials, his quest for ‘treasures’ he can use in his collections is focused mainly on the renowned Parisian flea markets. These raw materials are then processed, washed, oxidized and generally transformed, stipulating, thus, this merge of ‘old’ (materials) and ‘new’ (treatments and styles), that universally characterizes Lange et Linceul.
Artisanal beads sewn on leather create bracelets, Swarovski crystals poured in resin and assembled by chain rings, compose beautiful necklaces, dusty old-fashioned portraits are revived on metal rings, made of stainless steel, and rows of steel chains gathered together form long, refined necklaces.
The entirety of Mimilla’s work is hand-made, as are the beautiful, unique boxes that carry them.