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Mathieu Matégot

French, Hungarian, b. 1910

With their curvaceous metal surfaces and shapes often resembling sheets of folded paper, Mathieu Matégot's inspiring furniture and lighting designs are easily recognizable and highly sought after by collectors. By working with perforated sheet metal and metal tubing, the Hungarian-born French architect, artist and designer — who is known by aficionados for his “rigitulle” technique — created tables, chairs and decorative objects that are celebrated works of French modernism and make a statement in any interior.

Matégot attended the Budapest School of Fine Arts and Architecture. He graduated in 1929 and traveled before settling in Paris in 1931, where he worked as a window dresser for department stores and as a set designer for cabaret halls.

In 1939, Matégot joined the French army in resistance to invading Nazi forces. He was soon captured and sent to work in a German factory. It was at this factory where Matégot became familiar with the materials and techniques that would inform and inspire his trademark rigitulle method.

After the war ended, Matégot opened a workshop in Paris and began to create handcrafted furniture that didn't conform to established styles of the time. Matégot explored merging traditional and non-traditional materials — he worked with formica, glass and natural materials such as rattan — and engaged in other forward-looking experiments. Matégot soon patented his career-defining rigitulle technique and material, which saw the designer working with metal tubing and perforated metal sheets and producing thin, airy folds into the metal as if he were manipulating fabric or paper.

Many of Matégot’s designs for table lamps, pendants, tables and more are reflective of the rigitulle technique, but the best-known work that exemplifies this process is his elegant three-legged Nagasaki chair, which he exhibited in 1954 at the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs. The original Nagasaki chair gave way to a collection that included a stool and an armchair. Matégot’s Nagasaki dining chair has been reissued by Gubi and is part of the permanent collection at the Vitra Design Museum, which is home to one of the world’s most important furniture collections.

Matégot created a range of smaller items for the home — serveware, side tables and magazine racks, each distinctive in their fluid and organic forms — but halted his career in design and moved to Angers in the early 1960s in order to turn to creating art. Today he is known for his abstract tapestries as well as his furnishings.

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Mathieu Matégot Metal and Brass, Desk Lamp, 1950s
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in LYON, FR
Very rare French table lamp designed by Mathieu Matégot, executed by Atelier-Matégot. A beautiful lampshade in the shape of a diabolo, perforated metal which made Matégot famous. The...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot

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Pendant by Mathieu Matégot
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A pendant designed my Mathieu Matégot, France, circa 1950s. Opal glass shade with clear textured glass diffuser and lacquered aluminum. Original paint. Marked on glass: Made in Fra...
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Wall Coat Rack from Mathieu Matégot, 1950s
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Saarburg, RP
Wall Wardrobe by Mathieu Matégot - 1950s The french wall coat rack is out of the 1950s period. The wardrobe is an original of its time and it still impresses with its beautiful stra...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot

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Wall Coat Rack from Mathieu Matégot, 1950s
Wall Coat Rack from Mathieu Matégot, 1950s
H 11.42 in W 22.45 in D 7.88 in
Large pierced metal tray by Mathieu Mategot.
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in London, GB
Good example of a large pierced metal tray by Mathieu Mategot. Some paint loss and minor bend to the rim with a few rust marks, but retains original yellow paint colour and generally...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot

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Design Tray by Mathieu Matégot for Artimeta, 1950's
By Artimeta, Mathieu Matégot
Located in VILLEURBANNE, FR
Vintage tray by Mathieu Matégot for Artimeta dating from the 1950s. Designed in France and manufactured in Holland. Rectangular format in off-white lacquered perforated metal. Beauti...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot

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Gubi Satellite Outdoor Pendant by Mathieu Mategot
By Gubi, Mathieu Matégot
Located in New York, NY
Building on the Satellite Collection of whimsical, modernist sculptural lamps, the Satellite Outdoor Pendant and Satellite Outdoor Floor Lamp are GUBI...
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2010s Danish Mathieu Matégot

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4 x Mathieu Matégot Wicker Lounge Chairs, France 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in DE MEERN, NL
4 x Mathieu Matégot Wicker Lounge Chairs, France 1950s. These iconic pieces are not just chairs; they are timeless works of art that effortlessly merge form with function. Crafted ...
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1950s French Rustic Vintage Mathieu Matégot

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Mathieu Mategot Wrought Iron & Wicker Table, France 1950's
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in New York, NY
Wicker and wrought iron table by Mathieu mategot. Multi layered rod base with all the rods converging in a central sphere. Finished in a gunmetal patin
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot

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Mathieu Matégot furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Mathieu Matégot furniture, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 221 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 45 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Mathieu Matégot were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by David Lange, Line Vautrin, and Roger Feraud. Prices for Mathieu Matégot furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $249 and can go as high as $30,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,670.

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