Unlike his name suggests, the designer Christophe Mathieu does not come from France, but was born in Hamburg in 1961 and raised in the Canary Islands. He started studying interior architecture and product design in Barcelona and graduated in the mid-eighties. Soon after his studies, he went to Milan where he discovered industrial design. Together with the architect Marco Zanuso Jr, son of the famous pioneer of modern Italian product design Marco Zanuso, he fulfilled numerous contracts for famous Italian companies like DePadova and Driade. A big project, the planning of the Piazza della Republica in Milan, in collaboration with other architects and industrial designers was prestigious and has been awarded. The time spent in Milan smoothed his career in the world of design.
The talented Mathieu moved to Milan in 1989, then back to Barcelona where he worked on a variety of projects together with other designers. During the following years Mathieu has been designing some light fixtures for the Spanish brands Bover and Marset. Thanks to some very successful designs, Christophe Mathieu has become a very important designer for Marset since 1997. His legendary creation is the Suspension Discocó launched in 2008. The light is a designer classic and its shade is composed of many synthetic discs, arranged to create a large flower. At the same time it has an elegant retro appearance. Discocó is still a bestselling light fixture and is now available as a wall lamp, suspension and ceiling lamp. Bicoca and Maranga are also popular collections by Christophe Mathieu for Marset.