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Mathieu Matégot Table Lamps

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 Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

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 Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass, Aluminum

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 Table Lamps

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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 Table Lamps

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Metal

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 Table Lamps

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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 Table Lamps

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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 Table Lamps

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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 Table Lamps

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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 Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

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Mathieu Matégot Yellow Baghdad Lamp
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Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Mathieu Matégot table lamps for sale on 1stDibs.

Mathieu Matégot table lamps 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 table lamps, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original table lamps by Mathieu Matégot were created in the mid-century modern style in france during the mid-20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider table lamps by Maria Pergay, Tim Orr, and Jacques Duval Brasseur. Prices for Mathieu Matégot table lamps can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $2,097 and can go as high as $13,347, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $8,500.

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