Régis Mathieu

It’s tough to suppose a mark some-more gainful to formulating art with light than a eager red farmhouse on a sunlit mountain in Luberon, a segment of France famous as le pays des lumières du paradis—the bliss of light and color. In a former ochre bureau on a hinterland of a tiny Provençal city of Gargas, forty-six-year-old Régis Mathieu runs a world-famous prolongation emporium that restores, reproduces, and designs chandeliers. His work adorns Opera Philadelphia, a Paris Opera, a Palace of Versailles, and a Laxmi Vilas Palace. In short, his lights irradiate a world. And a pleasing collection of Porsches as well.

In a orange-hued bedrooms of Mathieu’s museum in Gargas, singular vehicles from Zuffenhausen flicker alongside crystals from Louis XIV and Madame de Pompadour. The cars embody hard-to-find models such as a 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS, a 356 Speedster, a 911 RS 2.7, and a 718 RSK. Mathieu’s passion for Porsches began during a early age of seventeen, when he bought a VW Beetle, easy it, and shortly afterward acquired his initial 356 C. An fervent collector, he concentrates exclusively on sports cars that were designed underneath Ferdinand, Ferry, or F. A. Porsche. “I consider it means a good understanding when your name appears on a products we create.”

Works of light, Luberon, 2018, Porsche AG

More than lightning

People tend to associate chandeliers with castles, cathedrals, and noble aged residences rather than with complicated buildings. Not Mathieu. “Chandeliers have always been superb works of art that demonstrate something about their owners’ approach of life,” he says. And Mathieu designs pieces that are distant some-more than usually light fixtures. From a roof of his salon hangs a enormous cube, 5 sides of that include of hazed stone clear and a sixth of shimmering violet amethyst. He finished usually 8 of them, given exclusivity is an critical pattern not usually for Porsche collectors though also for Mathieu’s shining clients. A few days ago he discussed designs for a new light intent over lunch with a maharaja—just as Louis XIV of France competence have finished with a light artists in his day. In a sense, a Sun King himself is among Mathieu’s clientele, given a Palace of Versailles contains objects that were painstakingly replicated or easy in Gargas.

Mathieu’s success is a outcome of tough work. Following World War II, his father finished a name for himself producing contemporary lighting, though a Mathieu Lustrerie association sealed after his black death, when his son was usually eleven years old. Régis Mathieu complicated business and afterwards motionless during a age of twenty to revive his father’s firm. Still a student, Mathieu threw himself into a relaunch, worked on his possess designs, and taught himself a craft. He began to revisit places where intensity business competence reside, including Russia, a Middle East, a USA, and of march France. Every cent warranted was reinvested in a company. With one exception. At a age of nineteen, he bought his 356 Speedster. “The automobile was critical to me. we gathering it to work each day when we was building a company. Although we was operative really tough and hadn’t warranted anything yet, we felt rich, given from morning to dusk we was surrounded by objects that finished me happy.”

Luberon, 2018, Porsche AG

Mathieu’s singular collection of Porsches

Mathieu valid to be shining not usually as a engineer though also as an inventor. He grown a insubordinate LED tuber that emits light deceptively identical to that of a candle. He also collected chronological chandeliers, offered some of them and starting to arrangement others in his museum in 2010. His favorite is a reproduction of a sconce finished by a sculptor Jacques Caffiéri for Madame de Pompadour. Many aged chandeliers have been shop-worn in wars or have mislaid some of their tools over a years. Mathieu restores them down to a final detail. One plan was for a Opéra Monte-Carlo, that consecrated him in 2001 to refurbish a candelabrum that was 5 meters high, weighed 5 tons, and had 328 light bulbs. Equipped with usually a century-old black-and-white photo, he complicated a faded lines and curves like a investigator reading a stage of a crime. To benefit a improved thought of a dimensions, he had a print lengthened to a distance of a strange fixture. Five years after a show residence commissioned a candelabrum in a newly renovated dome—a truly relocating moment.

Mathieu also reveals his emotions when vocalization about his collection of Porsches. “My cars are something special, given each one of them has an unusual story.” He would never sell any of them, slightest of all his Speedster. “It’s some-more than a car. When we bought it, we already knew my mother and we comparison it together. My tot son Arthur rode in it.” That tot is now fifteen—and has usually bought his possess VW Beetle. Mathieu hopes his son will follow in his footsteps, not indispensably to take over a Lustrerie—“but my Porsche collection.”

Special stories

In 2010 Mathieu began arranging exhibitions consisting of seemly combinations of cars and chandeliers. For example, his latest origination Méduse—a enormous bronze candelabrum in a form of a jellyfish whose tentacles are bright from within and draped with changed agates—hangs above a perceptibly reduction commanding china 718 RSK, one of usually thirty-five ever built. Mathieu searched “very deliberately” for it, given he wanted to both suffer a automobile as a motorist and arrangement it as an artist. When dark falls, a orange-red bedrooms of a earlier ochre bureau are bright by hundreds of tiny LED flames, reflecting off a clear with a centuries of tradition and dancing on a discriminating framework of a Porsche.

Régis Mathieu, Luberon, 2018, Porsche AG

Mathieu was innate in Marseille in 1971. He complicated business, relaunched Mathieu Lustrerie, and has given been conceptualizing light objects for some of a many famous buildings in a world. In 2013 he wrote a book about a story of chandeliers. Mathieu’s Porsche collection will be on arrangement in a special muster during a museum Cité de l’Automobile in Mulhouse until a finish of September.

Text initial published in a Porsche patron repository Christophorus, No. 387