The Hero’s Journey of Stéphane Mathieu

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

The meeting, sharing and pooling of skills, to create the product, or the building that will allow the end user to enjoy using it or live there.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

In one word with a big L “Freedom”

What is my greatest fear?

To leave a sad and ugly world to our children.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

I am an unsatisfied permanent, I always have to improve, to detail, I’m boring.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

Those who defend their freedom of thoughts, cultures, Masai, Kadjyre Kayapo who fights like a lion for his territory where still Sabrina Pasterski who is undoubtedly the next Einstein

What is my greatest extravagance?

For my 30 years, I decided to have fun. Passionate about the paintings of Van Gogh, I rented for an evening and a night the inn Ravoux, Auvers sou Oise, the one where VG died and the one where his most beautiful works were painted. I invited a hundred friends, who had to dress up as a character that VG had painted, and with the help of the owner we put together the entire establishment as it

On what occasion would I lie?

When the truth is bad.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

When I’m wrong, when a prototype does not come out right the first time because of a bad analysis or a stroke of pencil too fortunate.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

My most beautiful emotion in my work, it was when my first drawing became reality, a mass-produced object before my eyes, I was fascinated. It was 30 years ago in the Jura.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I would tweak some parts of my brain, to imagine even more innovative concepts … And lose less time …

What is my greatest achievement in work?

I do not have any, every object creation is exciting, a pen, a car or a restaurant no matter the size, the budget, live my job is my greatest achievement.

Where would I most like to live?

In Africa, especially at the bottom of Kilimanjaro near a Masai village. There, freedom is omnipresent, it is mixed with the beauty, the purity of the landscapes and that of its inhabitants.

What is my most treasured possession?

Nothing belongs to me, I am not materialistic, but I collect and am passionate about everything new.

What is my most marked characteristic?

If I listen to my family, my friends and my partners, I must surely be a boring, but nice …

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

The little squares with their fountain, their old stones, the time of a coffee on a sunny morning.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

Difficult to answer, in Aix en Provence, there are many beautiful and good places to eat, have a drink or take a lunch. It is a city of gastronomy and Provencal stories, crossed by history with a big H and inhabited by artists throughout its life.

What books influenced my life and how?

It’s not only the books but also the authors, I had the chance to work in a big publishing house a few years, I read a lot of books to catch up in literary culture, but I also met many writers. I would quote two writers, Albert Jacquard who wrote “Here is the time of the finished world” It is a technical and scientific thought of the origins to the present day and Frédéric Dard, the dad of the best-known cop from the 50s to the 90s. Antonio “. These two gentlemen and their books opened my eyes, you find why! …

Who are my favorite writers?

First of all, the first I discovered in my youth, Jules Vernes, then Zola and J.M.G The most contemporary Clezio.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

I see trees of green, red roses too I see them bloom for me and you And I think to myself what a wonderful world

Louis Armstrong (What A wonderful world)

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

The Mask, it’s a crazy design, happy and colorful.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

Those who are fighting for our planet.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Itinéraire d’un enfant gâté – Claude Lelouche.

What role plays art in my life and work?

Art is omnipresent, it is a natural essence of design and architecture.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My family, friends, partners and clients

Whom would I like to work with in 2019/2020?


Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019/2020?

Ross Lovegrove, he is inspired by nature and its evolutionary process. Since the beginning, he has been using advances in digital technologies to approach design in an environmental way.

What project, in 2019/2020, am I looking forward to work on?

Several project are in preparation for a few years, the year 2020 is going to be “a good vintage”, but the one I can not wait to try is a hotel room floating and connected …

Where can you see me or my work in 2019/2020?

Just write Stéphane Mathieu Designer on the web … There is my site, the news and full of images.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

I adhere 100%, except that we must give way to the young and especially pass their passion.

Which creative heroes should Peter invite to tell their story? 9th Concept, it’s a collective created by 3 inseparable artists in Paris that I love (

How can you contact me?

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