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Christophe Mathieu

*1961

The globetrotter among the designers

The globetrotter Christophe Mathieu is considered as one of the most important designers for the Spanish premium brand Marset. Being a qualified architect, he exactly knows how to design his products in order to achieve an optimum effect within the room. The widely travelled Christophe Mathieu is known for his fanciful and unique designs, for instance, the Discocó pendant light series, which he created for Marset in 2008.

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Christophe Mathieu – personal details

As a wanderer between the worlds, Christophe Mathieu does not stay in one place for a long period of time. Born in Hamburg in 1961, he first left to study in Barcelona, where he graduated in architecture. Having finished his studies, he moved to the Italian design metropolis Milan. Here, he collaborated with well-known architects, including Marco Zanuso Jr., son of the famous Marco Zanuso, who is known as one of the masterminds and pioneers of modern Italian industrial design. Together with Zanuso Jr., he was responsible for projects for renowned Italian brands such as De Padova and Driade. In collaboration with other architects, he also worked on larger projects, for instance, the redesign of the Piazza della Republica in Milan.

In 1989, his path finally takes Mathieu back to Barcelona, the place where he completed his studies. Here, he cooperated with associated designers such as Alfredo Arribas and Javier Mariscal. By the way, Mariscal also works as a light designer and is responsible e.g. for the modern appearing Lotek Tavolo LED desk lamp for the Italian manufacturer Artemide. In the following years, Christophe Mathieu was regularly active for Marset, where he became one of the most important designers. Here, he further developed his fanciful style, which bursts with fantasy and creativity.
 

Christophe Mathieu & topic of light

For Marset, Christophe Mathieu already designed some extremely successful lights and light series. One of his first works for the Spanish high-class manufacturer were the Compass pendant lights, which he already designed in 1997. The classically designed Compass pendant light comes with a white lampshade in the form of a hemisphere. An alternative hereto is the Compass Cotton version, which has a drum-shaped cotton shade. While in the case of the first version the light is only directed downwards through the lampshade, some light may additionally escape through the softly shimmering lampshade of the cotton version. A special feature: both Compass pendant lights can be obtained as a centralised or a decentralised version. The latter proves to be particularly handy, if no ceiling outlet is available.

In 1999, the Moma wall light was introduced. Thanks to its unobtrusive, modern appearance and the light directed downwards, the Moma is ideally suited to provide for zone lighting for paintings. In this context, the name of the wall light is perfectly chosen as it corresponds to the acronym of one of the best-known museums in the world, the Museum of Modern Art in New York. By now, this wall light is also available as an energy-efficient LED version.

In 2008, Mathieu scored a major hit with the spectacular Discocó pendant light. The flower-like Discocó is inspired by the typical design language of the 1960s. A central design element are the small plastic discs which lend this luminaire its natural look. At the same time, the discs are responsible for the extraordinary lighting effect of the Discocó. The light is refracted multiple times by the reflecting discs and thus provides for a particularly multi-facetted lighting effect. Thanks to the huge success, the Discocó was extended by some further members: in addition to the pendant lights that are available with a diameter between 35 and 132 cm, the product range also comprises a wall light as well as ceiling lights with a diameter of 53 or 88 cm cm.

The most recent works by Mathieu for the Spanish light manufacturer include the fanciful Maranga light family. The name and the shape of these lights symbolise an imaginary piece of fruit that Mathieu had in mind during the design process – exotic, sweet and enticing. At the same time, the Maranga also takes up the rationality and clarity which are typical for Scandinavian design. The elegant lampshade that contains gaps, through which the light dramatically escapes, is the connecting element of this light family. Due to the special diffusion of light a fascinating lighting effect in the surrounding area of the Maranga is created that enchants the viewer. The Maranga lights are available as table lamp, floor lamp, ceiling light and pendant light.
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