Exuberant even when turned off, the richness of the light issuing from the Discocó lamp provides direct downward illumination along with a dramatic play of lights and soft shadows.
Its detailed study of incident light and light that bounces off of both sides of the disks provide the lamp with an appealing gradation of light nuances and depth. Further reflections dance off the chrome-covered semi-sphere at the core, where the disks are anchored. When the light is turned off, it retains its attractive presence, hinting at the expansion of energy that is fully expressed when it is turned on.
His name is French and he was born in Germany, but his Spanish accent points to the Canary Islands, where he grew up. He reached Barcelona in the mid-1980’s to finish his degree in interior design. Soon afterward he headed to Milan, where he discovered industrial design collaborating with the architect Marco Zanuso jr. in the development of products for companies such as De Padova, Menphis and Driade; the architects Roberto Menghi y Giulio Crespi; the industrial designer Sergio Coppola and the architect Antonio Zanuso in the prize-winning project for the Piazza della Republica. His time in Milan had a profound effect on him.
A restless man, he seems to carry those traveling genes of his Belgian ancestors who ventured to move to Spain in the 1960’s. With an architect and handyman father (he made lamps at home using the origami he learned while working in Germany), 30 years ago Christophe Mathieu transitioned from being a professional competitive swimmer to the world of design. He is open to unforeseen events in life and does not discount the possibility of one day maybe leaving it all and doing something totally different.
Having lived in Barcelona for years now, he is one of Marset’s veteran designers and has created several successful products for the company.