Masterpieces from a Régis Mathieu Collection

Régis Mathieu has settled that he needs beauty in sequence to live, that also explains his other area of interest: lighting. The executive of Lustrerie Mathieu given 1992, a tiny family business that has now turn a tellurian company, Régis Mathieu knows all about chandeliers. He has won general approval for his replacement of chandeliers, that embody those in a Opéra Garnier, a Hall of Mirrors during a Château de Versailles, a Philadelphia Opera House, and in many private and open chateaux.

But his unrestrained is not usually for a entertainment of light and shadow. Since childhood, Régis Mathieu has been meddlesome in selected cars, and it was usually when he was 17 that he was means to buy his initial vehicle with all his savings: a Beetle. Since then, his passion for cars has grown, and Régis Mathieu continues to supplement models to his singular collection: “I’ve detected what being a gourmet means: a some-more you’ve got, a some-more we want!” And indeed, his collection of chronological Porsche models is one of a many conspicuous in France.


Mathieu’s 718 RSK

The vehicle museum Cité de l’Automobile now brings Mathieu’s dual passions together – staged in a singular way: Porsche models such as a 904 GTS, a Carrera-Abarth or a Spyder are organised underneath a light of considerable candlesticks. Hence, a muster ‘Porsche : Chefs-d’oeuvre de la collection de Régis Mathieu’ (‘Porsche: Masterpieces From a Régis Mathieu Collection’) will deliver visitors to a conspicuous collector, a creator, and restorer of chandeliers, who believes that automobiles are works of art in their possess right.

The muster is open from 12 Jul to 17 October.

Régis Mathieu, 356 Speedster, Luberon, 2018, Porsche AG

Where do we get this passion for selected cars, and generally Porsches?

I’ve always desired pleasing things. Even as a boy, we was positively preoccupied by selected cars. Like many boys of my age, we was insane about Porsche 911s. The Porsche was a pitch of success and speed. But what we also like is a brand’s unobtrusive side. we also like Beetles, a vehicle that we saw as economical, reliable, popular, and aesthetic. So we had dual passions: Beetles and 911s. Then we detected a 356 and it was a revelation: this indication is a couple between a Beetles and a 911. Straight divided we wanted to expostulate a 356 each day! we adore a minimalist side: it’s quick and efficient, yet unpretentious.

How did we conduct to squeeze your initial collection vehicle when we were usually seventeen?

It was during a finish of a 1980s that we bought my fist selected car: a 1972 Beetle. At a time, a vehicle wasn’t unequivocally seen as a collector’s vehicle yet it’s always been a undying model. we spent all my savings! Then we renovated and repainted it with a assistance of my friends, and we managed to sell it. we afterwards bought another dual cars, that we resold to squeeze a superb convertible, like a one in a exhibition. we did OK and that’s how during a age of twenty-one we already owned a Speedster 356 and a RS 2.7 L, even yet I’d spent really little.

In your opinion, that are a many emblematic Porsche cars, and that vehicle in your collection are we many unapproachable of?

I’m really unapproachable of a 904 GTS from 1964, that we managed to buy during a time with usually 1,813 km on a clock. A genuine gem! Of course, a 911 is Porsche’s emblematic model, and I’m really unapproachable to possess a really same 911 that belonged to Ferry Porsche and that featured on all a posters in those days. But my favourite vehicle in a collection is a 356: I’ve had it given my twenties and I’ve never split association with it. This vehicle has witnessed all a categorical events in my life, from my studies to my matrimony and my family—and we still competition it. For me, it truly symbolises a Porsche spirit. If anyone asks me that indication I’d keep if we had to partial association with all a rest, we always tell them: a 356.

Photos: Culturespaces / Frantisek Zvardon