A familiar face for some, Mathieu Cottin is a skilled craftsman, producing some of Greenfield & Hunter's favourite pieces. Using his background in upholstery, Mathieu takes inspiration from what surrounds him to create these undeniably, breathtaking pieces. We had the opportunity to chat with Mathieu and got an insight into his creative process...
When did you come to Australia? I came to Australia in July 2011 with my wife. We arrived in Cairns and moved to Adelaide a couple of weeks later.
How long have you been in the industry? I have been in the furniture industry for about nine years; working as an upholsterer in France, the UK and now Australia. But designing has always been a long term dream of mine. I started my furniture making business as soon as my permanent Australian visa allowed me to, so the beginning of 2018.
What inspires you in your creation process? I take inspiration from anything and anywhere. It could be any elements, shapes or colours, from nature or mankind. I often analyse buildings, furniture and objects, wondering why they are designed and built this way. Allowing me to hone in on the purpose of each and every element within the furniture.
What would you say are your main influences when creating a piece of work? The craft technique inspires me a lot, and the comfort and quality of living with my furniture.
What part of the process excites you the most? The whole process is an amazing experience, every step from drawing to the final conception has its own challenges. When I finish a piece, the first showing to the public is also a great moment.
What makes you different/unique from other furniture makers? I am probably too young to call myself different or unique from others. The knowledge I acquired in upholstery is an advantage. I use it daily to help me understand the form and proportion of different material - specifically when I am designing and crafting a chair or sofa. I have always had a real love for traditional craft and try to use it as much as possible in my furniture.
Can you describe your style or influence? I take a lot of inspiration and influence from mid-century Danish furniture. All my designs are a little French-inspired.
Above is a small snippet of Mathieu's range, and it's evident the quality in the pieces he creates.
Mathieu's furniture is on display at the Jam Factory, where you can view the entire range and discover the beauty in each and every one of his creations. For more information, or to get in touch with Mathieu, contact him here.