A sensual lamp that seduces the senses of sight and touch.
The Nº8 reading lamp fulfils all the necessary criteria for perfect operation: efficient light, easy handling, durability, and beauty. It was designed specifically to respond to each of these requirements, resulting in a “well-rounded” fixture that fulfils its mission perfectly. The wooden sphere of the Nº 8’s lampshade is handcrafted to make each lamp unique. Its smooth texture has the quality and feel of a billiard ball, while its flexible arm, covered in braided fabric, is a mainstay that improves its look without sacrificing its efficacy. The Nº8 was designed to be placed at the head of a bed and add comfort to the bedroom, a place dedicated to restfulness, where a good book is always healthier than a sleeping pill.
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.