Mathieu Matégot (1910 - 2001) was a Hungarian
designer and architect. After studying at Budapest's school of art
and architecture, he settled in France in 1931. He was a volunteer
in the French army, was captured and not released until 1944. After
returning home, he started producing handmade furniture in Paris.
Matégot's organic forms and lightness of touch create a sense of
joy and the ground breaking and innovative techniques that he
applied resulted in unique aesthetics and furniture designs. He was
the first person to combine metal tubing with perforated sheet
metal; ritigulle, a technique he patented and also a pairing that
particularly characterizes his work.
Like many of his peers Mategot travelled the
world in search of inspiration, techniques and upon return
transformed these impressions into his own unique designs and
interpretations. Wether it was industrial processes or aesthetics,
he always collected and interpreted - he even patented and set up
his own production to apply these new technologies into his
designs, He was a true innovator of his time!
In the 1950's - also the one decade - that he devoted to the
design of furniture and interior accessories, he created a wide
range of distinctive designs that today is considered iconic and
contemporary. To ensure quality in the production of his own
designs - Matégot set up two of his own workshops - Société
Mategot, one in Paris that employed up to twenty workers and a
second in Casablanca, Morocco. Both manufactured in limited numbers
for up to 200 items and continued until 1959 when Mategot abruptly
ended his production and began his work on tapestry, which he would
continue for the rest of his career.
From the spring of 2014 Gubi's collection of original Mategot
designs will include: The Nagasaki Chair & Stool, The Dedal
Shelf, The Mategot Coatrack and the Kangourou Table plus four new
pieces; The Mategot Trolley, The Demon Shelf and The Copacabana
chair and Table.
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