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Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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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Creator: Mathieu Matégot
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 Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Pair of Wall Lights by Mathieu Matégot, Circa 1950.
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of wall lights by Mathieu Matégot, Circa 1950. Pair of wall lights in painted metal by Mathieu Matégot from the 1950s. H: 49cm, W: 13cm, D: 10cm
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal

Pendant by Mathieu Matégot
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Long Island City, NY
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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1950s French Scandinavian Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Lighting

Mathieu Matégot table lamp made in France 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Charming yellow table lamp designed by Mathieu Matégot and made by Ateliers Matégot in France in 1950. This table lamp is made of metal, and its shade is created with the Rigitulle t...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal, Brass, Aluminum

1953's Original Satellite Pendant by Mathieu Matégot
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Paris, FR
An original first edition Satellite pendant by the iconic French mid-century designer Mathieu Matégot, 1953 in red and black. This model is currently being re-edited by Gubi. In it...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal

French 'Java' Yellow Table Lamp by Mathieu Matégot, 1953s
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Paris, FR
The highly collectible yellow 'Java' lamp, circa 1953, embodies Mathieu Matégot's artistic innovation, featuring pleated and perforated painted sheeted metal atop elegant brass tripo...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal

French 'Java' Red Table Lamp by Mathieu Matégot, 1953s
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Paris, FR
The highly collectible red 'Java' lamp, circa 1953, embodies Mathieu Matégot's artistic innovation, featuring pleated and perforated painted sheeted metal atop elegant brass tripod l...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Satellite Outdoor Pendant
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Dronten, NL
Based on Mathieu Matégot’s original design concept from 1953, the design features an ovoid shade crafted from a perforated sheet of stainless steel, topped with an aluminum cap that ...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Aluminum, Stainless Steel

Gubi Satellite Outdoor Pendant by Mathieu Mategot
By Mathieu Matégot, Gubi
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 Lighting

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Aluminum

Extremely Rare Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp 'Java' by Mathieu Matégot 1950s
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Munich, DE
Exceptional Mid-Century Modern table lamp "Java". Designed & manufactured by Mathieu Matégot, France, 1950s. Important design object for collector! Executed in black and white pai...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot - Pair of Perforated Sconces
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Very rare and exquisite sconces from the artist. Two perforated metal shades joined together by a solid brass ring. The brass ring is fixed to the arm which connects the fixture t...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal, Chrome

Mathieu Matégot 'Satellite' Outdoor Metal Pendant for GUBI in Mustard
By Gubi, Mathieu Matégot
Located in Glendale, CA
Mathieu Matégot 'Satellite' Outdoor Metal Pendant for GUBI in Mustard Gold. Designed in 1953 by Matégot, this authorized re-edition by GUBI of Denmark meticulously reproduces his wo...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot 'Satellite' Outdoor Metal Pendant for Gubi in Cream White
By Gubi, Mathieu Matégot
Located in Glendale, CA
Mathieu Matégot 'Satellite' Outdoor Metal Pendant for GUBI in Cream White. Designed in 1953 by Matégot, this authorized re-edition by GUBI of Denmark meticulously reproduces his wor...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal

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 Lighting

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Aluminum

Gubi Satellite Outdoor Floor Lamp 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 G...
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2010s Danish Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Aluminum

Gubi Satellite Outdoor Floor Lamp 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 G...
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2010s Danish Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Aluminum

Mathieu Matégot's Chandelier, Designed in France in 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, ES
Mathieu Matégot's chandelier, designed in France in 1950, is an iconic piece of modern design. Matégot, known for his skill in creating furniture and decorative objects using lightwe...
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1950s French Vintage Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Mathieu Matégot 'Satellite' Pendant in Black and White
By Gubi, Mathieu Matégot
Located in Glendale, CA
Mathieu Matégot 'Satellite' pendant in black and white. Designed in 1953 by Matégot, this authorized re-edition by GUBI of Denmark meticulously reproduces his work with scrupulous a...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal

Large Mathieu Matégot 'Satellite' Pendant in Black
By Mathieu Matégot, Gubi
Located in Glendale, CA
Large Mathieu Matégot 'Satellite' pendant in black. Designed in 1953 by Matégot, this authorized re-edition by GUBI of Denmark meticulously reproduces his work with scrupulous att...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal

1950 Mid Century Mathieu Mategot Perforated Metal and Brass Table Lamp
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Madrid, ES
Table lamp from the 50s designed by Mathieu Mategot, in lacquered metal and gilded brass, three lampshades in perforated metal and in off-white color, it retains all its original ele...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Brass Suspension Lamp 4 Lights Design Mathieu Mategot, 1960s
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in taranto, IT
Rare original 60s chandelier, design mathieu mategot, made of sage green perforated sheet metal on a brass structure with four lights and as many opalines in white murano glass It...
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1960s Vintage Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Brass

Mathieu Matégot White Baghdad Lamp
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Very rare Mathieu Matégot "Baghdad" lamp. White perforated metal. Illuminates beautifully. Old welding and patina. Original European socket with new wiring for US. Great condition. ...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal, Brass

1 of 12 Perforated Metal and Glass Pendants by Mathieu Matégot, France, 1950s
By Holophane, Mathieu Matégot
Located in Echt, NL
Industrial pendants in very good original condition. Designed by Mathieu Mategot in the 1950s. Produced by ‘Holophane' We have 12 of these pendants available. The pendants consis...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal

Set of 4 Mathieu Mategot for Holophane Ceiling Lamps in Metal and Glass, 1950's
By Holophane, Mathieu Matégot
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Unique set of four pendant lamps by Mathieu Matégot. The pendant consists of downturned hemispherical shade complete with original two-part prisma...
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1950s French Vintage Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal

Large Mathieu Matégot 'Satellite' Pendant in Black and White Metal
By Gubi, Mathieu Matégot
Located in Glendale, CA
Large Mathieu Matégot 'Satellite' pendant in black and white metal. Designed in 1953 by Matégot, this authorized re-edition by GUBI of Denmark meticulously reproduces his work wit...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal

White Perforated Metal and Glass Chandeliers by Mathieu Matégot
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of ten white perforated metal and glass pendant chandeliers by Mathieu Matégot. Sold individually.
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal

Satellite Pendant, Medium, White
By Mathieu Matégot, Gubi
Located in Berkeley, CA
The Satellite Pendant of two sizes is designed by Mathieu Matégot in 1953 with geometrical shapes and an organic shade to create outstanding sculptur...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal

Satellite Pendant, Large, White
By Mathieu Matégot, Gubi
Located in Berkeley, CA
The Satellite Pendant of two sizes is designed by Mathieu Matégot in 1953 with geometrical shapes and an organic shade to create outstanding sculptur...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal

Satellite Pendant Large Black
By Mathieu Matégot, Gubi
Located in Berkeley, CA
The Satellite Pendant of two sizes is designed by Mathieu Matégot in 1953 with geometrical shapes and an organic shade to create outstanding sculptur...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal

Satellite Pendant, Medium, Black
By Mathieu Matégot, Gubi
Located in Berkeley, CA
The Satellite pendant of two sizes is designed by Mathieu Matégot in 1953 with geometrical shapes and an organic shade to create outstanding sculptur...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal

Important French Mid-Century Modern 'Baghdad' Table Lamp by Mathieu Matégot
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in New York, NY
Rare French Mid-century table lamp or desk lamp in black enameled perforated metal by Mathieu Matégot. The piece has a unique sculptural form composed of series of non-linear angl...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal

Four French Pendant lights by Mathieu Matégot
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Antwerp, BE
Four pendant lights in enameled metal and opaline. Four pendant lights designed my Mathieu Matégot, France, circa 1950s. Opal glass shade with clear textured glass diffuser and lacqu...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Baghdad Lamp
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Very rare Mathieu Matégot "Baghdad" lamp. Red perforated metal. Illuminates beautifully. Old welding and patina. Original European socket with new wiring for US. Great condition. Ma...
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1950s French Vintage Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Mathieu Matégot Floor Lamp
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Tri-color floor lamp with three lights and mesh shields by Mathieu Matégot, 1950s.
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1950s French Vintage Mathieu Matégot Lighting

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot lighting for sale on 1stDibs.

Mathieu Matégot lighting 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 lighting, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 17 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 13 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original lighting 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 lighting by Maison Lancel, Louis Sognot, and Maison Barbier. Prices for Mathieu Matégot lighting can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $608 and can go as high as $13,347, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,353.

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