Christoph Matthias is a German lighting consultant and designer. He has worked on several projects for Ingo Maurer and has also done several installations for commercial projects in Germany. Matthias has recently established Lichtlauf, a lighting company which is based in Munchen.
"It all started in a garage which was the studio of the designer Günter Rochelt. Here, I learnt to leave out all heavy and unnecessary material while constructing human powered aircrafts. This has remained to be my subject to this day. I was lucky to learn from a lot of competent people. That's how I got to Ingo Maurer. Before I met Ingo, I dealt only with three dimensions as a designer. Now I descovered something completely new, there was a fourth dimension as soon as a space is illuminated. Once you figure this out, it will stick with you. My vision of space is determined by light.
Light is very simple, straight, it never goes around corners. Only when striking surface, quality is created. Light and shadows vary - we need both to sense a space and to feel comfortable. Like under water when the sun is shining through the surface. Like as a child with a torch under the blanket. Like the vision of colour when you close your eyes. Light is a universal language. Our world is composed of light." Christoph Matthias