2010 was an exciting year in which I opened a new gallery in New York and had the honor of showcasing the work of Eric Schmitt and Jacques Jarrige. Besides attracting the attention of decorators and collectors their work unexpectedly opened new connections.
Daniel Mack, about whom I wrote earlier in this blog came by and later I had the great pleasure of meeting design legend Paul Mathieu who came to see the Jacques Jarrige show. In of itself it made the effort of having exhibitions more than worthwhile.
Mathieu and Ray launched their creative life in Paris and Aix en Provence, where the team shared a passion to create custom and unique environments and design. Their creativity and professionalism allowed them to develop a distinctive style for interior design, widely covered by media outlets on both sides of the Atlantic.
In France, the dreams of Mathieu & Ray became reality when they had the pleasure to meet the avant-garde style and design icon Andree Putman, who inspired them to create a premiere collection of furniture for her Paris loft showroom in 1991.
The collection is represented by Ralph Pucci in New York.
Another successful partnership started in the 90s with Sherry Donghia . Donghia and Mathieu have created some of the most sophisticated High-end collections for the home including wall coverings, fabrics, and case pieces like the Elementaires line. Also Victoire, Geneva and Soiree upholsteries that have proven to be both media and commercial successes.
More recently he started designing a collection of home furnishing for Stephanie Odegard, founder and designer of the predominant company for Tibetan carpets Odegard.
In 2003, the clergy of Aix en Provence, France commissioned Mathieu to create new liturgical furniture for the Roman Catholic Church “La Madeleine,” started in the mid-13 century as a convent for an ancient Dominican order, and finished between 1703 and 1891. This opportunity reignited Mathieu’s passion for working with skilled craftspeople and for developing one-of a-kind pieces in precious materials such as marble, rock crystals, bronze and Murano glass