Mathieu Tournaire, young jewelry designer of the Tournaire house is passionate about travel, he knew how to make it one of his most important sources of inspirations to design and create collections of character.
For Mathieu Tournaire, it is the workshop of his father craftsman-Joaillier who embodies the moments of happiness of his childhood. He had DIY as leisure with his father Philippe Tournaire and to learn different techniques specific to jeweler creation. Before following his father's footsteps, Mathieu Tournaire wished to emancipate himself and make his own road. Curious and open -minded, he loved traveling and traveling the world to discover other places. He has always loved adapting to different cultures and learning other languages. The vocation to create having been the strongest, Mathieu Tournaire was caught up in the passion for jewelry, transmitted by his father.
The childhood of an artist
The children of Philippe Tournaire spent all their childhood in the workshop. "I" fell "in the workshop when I was little. My first striking memories with my father are those where we were at the shop. ». explains Mathieu Tournaire
There are moments when Philippe Tournaire left his son groping with the precious pebbles in search of colored harmonies or jewelry. "I loved having fun with the different subjects that my father made available to me," explains Mathieu Tournaire
However, "I have never considered doing my job and then we often want to have your own experiences, to find a different path from that of your parents".
Mathieu Tournaire had his baccalaureate in Montbrison, his hometown. He made a master's degree in history and then a license
anthropology at university in order to become a professor. This artist is passionate about Latin America, which has led him several times to Brazil, "a country I fell in love". "I then went to Portugal or I taught French". Upon his return to France, this young jeweler worked in a college with disabled students.
Until 2006, Mathieu just gave a helping hand to the workshop in parallel with his work. He became aware of the pleasure he had to be in this environment and he decided to make it his job. “I felt comfortable in this creative environment where we combine both manual work and reflection around new projects. For a year, this young talent went to get rich in the Verney Dray company, before joining the workshops of the Tournaire Maison.
Sources of inspiration
Travel is an integral part of the life of this young jeweler. This taste for adventure he owes his dad. Indeed, they were traveling to the "roots" with his brother and his father. "It was a huge chance because I learned a lot. It was another way of traveling than going to hotels where everything is clean, there you had to manage with nature ”. Philippe Tournaire was passionate about the historic monuments and the heritage of the countries he visited, he therefore naturally transmitted this admiration for architectures to his children. Today, Mathieu could not go a country without apprehending his culture and visiting his Historical monuments of the country where it is. Thanks to these trips, his mother and his father managed to transmit their taste for historical buildings to him and to teach him a different vision of the world.
In addition, its inexhaustible thirst for new products and discoveries of new horizons manifests itself as much in materials as in the concepts used for the creations of its jewelry.
Creator from father to son
After his studies, Mathieu often came to make jewelry as soon as he had a moment. One day this future artist told his dad Philippe Tournaire that he would like to make jewelry. For the builder of this brand it was good news but he explained to Mathieu Tournaire the difficulties he could encounter, always being compared or being the son of ... he was important for Philippe Tournaireque which Mathieu goes elsewhere first , to legitimize and not come as the boss's son. He went to work for a year in Lyon where he won in technique. He then returned but "I knew it could only work because he was born and grew up in the workshop. »Every Wednesday and weekends Mathieu Tournaire came to help in the workshop, he quickly joined the team.