Like a folding screen, LaFlaca’s large, fat profile allows you to partition your space using light, and delineate or combine different ambiances.
With this new indoor/outdoor floor lamp, a metal structure lends its shape to a wrinkle-free fabric, which envelopes the frame, sharing its aesthetic character. Inside, the LED light is provided by an alluring sphere that’s only visible when the fixture is turned on, and is filtered and transformed by the fabric. The result is a fat, screen-like lamp that can act as a room divider, defining outdoor spaces or providing structure and form to an interior. LaFlaca comes in three sizes with different geometric shapes: a vertical rectangle, a horizontal rectangle, and a square. Combinations of these lights yield architectural textile creations that are striking not only in their beauty, but in their utility as well.
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.