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Mathieu Matégot Chairs

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
Rare Midcentury Copacabana Chair by Mathieu Matégot, 1955
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Paris, FR
A rare collectible vintage lounge Copacabana chair by iconic French designer Mathieu Matégot composed of curved tubular steel legs and structure. This...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Chairs

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Steel

Mathieu Matégot Set of 2 chairs and 2 armchairs in perforated metal 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Saint Rémy de Provence, FR
Mathieu Matégot Set of 2 chairs and 2 armchairs in wrought iron 1950 from the "Carré d'As" series Seats in Ruguitule Armchairs : H. 92 x W. 47 x D. 50 cm Chairs : H.92 x W. 47 x D....
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Chairs

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Wrought Iron

'Copacabana' Indoor Outdoor Lounge Chair by Mathieu Matégot in Leslie Fabric
By Gubi, Mathieu Matégot
Located in Glendale, CA
'Copacabana' Indoor Outdoor Lounge Chair by Mathieu Matégot in Leslie Fabric A versatile, independent, and self-taught Hungarian designer, architect and artist, Mathieu Matégot (191...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Chairs

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Steel

'Copacabana' Indoor Outdoor Lounge Chair by Mathieu Matégot in Lorkey Fabric
By Gubi, Mathieu Matégot
Located in Glendale, CA
'Copacabana' Indoor Outdoor Lounge Chair by Mathieu Matégot in Lorkey Fabric A versatile, independent, and self-taught Hungarian designer, architect and artist, Mathieu Matégot (191...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Chairs

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Steel

Set of Four Mathieu Mategot "Tube" Chairs, 1951
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in London, GB
A rare set of four "Tube living room" dining chairs by French Hungarian designer Mathieu Mategot (1910 - 2001). Designed in 1951 and produced in France in the early 1950's, the chai...
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1950s Vintage Mathieu Matégot Chairs

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Metal

1950's French Garden Table Attributed to Mathieu Mategot
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Paris, FR
A stunning circular garden table attributed to the iconic French mid-century designer Mathieu. This collectible piece is made of his signature perforated sheet and white tubular lacq...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Chairs

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Steel

Nagasaki chair by Mathieu Mategot
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in PARIS, FR
Painted metal tube and Rigitulle, Beautiful patina made from time and use.
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1950s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Chairs

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Steel

Mathieu Mategot Lounge chair model "Copacabana"
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, ES
Lounge chair model "Copacabana" Manufactured by Atelier Mategot France, 1950´s Lacquered and perforated metal and fabric upholstery Measurements 68,6 x 59,1 cm x 75,6h cm. 27 in x 2...
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1950s French Vintage Mathieu Matégot Chairs

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Metal

French Metal Heart Chairs by Mathieu Matégot, 1950s
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Paris, FR
A set of six iconic chairs designed by the renowned Mathieu Matégot. These chairs are characterized by heart-shaped tubular steel frames, the famous perforated seat, and elegantly cu...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Chairs

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Steel

Mathieu Matégot Wicker Chair 1950s
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
French Mathieu Matégot armchairs from the 1950s. The wicker tubs are still in very good condition and can last for years to come. The chair...
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1950s French Vintage Mathieu Matégot Chairs

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Metal

Mathieu Mategot French Modernist Side Chairs, Pair
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in New York, NY
Mathieu Mategot (French-Hungarian, 1910 - 2001) Modernist Mid-Century set of one armchair and one side chair, bent tubular steel with copper plated perfor...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Chairs

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Metal, Copper

Mathieu Matégot Metal Heart Chair
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare metal chairs by French designer Mathieu Matégot. White metal chairs with hairpin legs, signature Mategot perforated metal seat and heart sha...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Chairs

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot "Wicker" Chair Iron Natural Fiber, France, 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Madrid, ES
"Wicker" chairs designed by Mathieu Matégot, with lacquered iron structure in black with seat in natural fiber.
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Chairs

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Iron

Mathieu Matégot "Wicker" Chair Made with Iron and Natural Fiber, France, 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Madrid, ES
"Wicker" chairs by Mathieu Matégot, painted yellow with lacquered iron structure in black and natural fiber seat.
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Chairs

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Iron

Mathieu Matégot "Kyoto" Kids Chair, 1950s
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Edogawa-ku Tokyo, JP
Mathieu Matégot chair for kids. "Kyoto" series. 1950s. Black lacquered tubular steel and peacock green upholstery.
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1950s French Vintage Mathieu Matégot Chairs

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Metal

Vintage Set of Four Attributed to Mathieu Matégot Dining Chairs, France, 1950s
By Mathieu Matégot, Mathieu Matégot
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Striking set of four vintage dining chairs attributed to Mathieu Matégot in his trademark perforated and lacquered sheet steel. Wonderful lightness to these, masterful use of steel e...
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1950s French Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Chairs

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Steel

1950s "Antheor" Armchair by Mathieu Matégot
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Brecht, BE
An iconic Mathieu Matégot iron armchair.
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Mid-20th Century French Mathieu Matégot Chairs

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Iron

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Gubi Tropique Outdoor Dining Chair Designed by Mathieu Mategot
By Gubi, Mathieu Matégot
Located in New York, NY
Combining material simplicity with a decadent aesthetic, Tropique comprises two dining chairs and a dining table. The frame of each piece is made from stainless steel rods, incorporating a distinctive statement curve at the feet – a signature of Matégot’s style and a feature that unites the collection into a clear and cohesive whole. Luxury of outdoor living Combining material simplicity with a decadent aesthetic, Tropique comprises two dining chairs and a dining table. The frame of each piece is made from stainless steel rods, incorporating a distinctive statement curve at the feet – a signature of Mate´got’s style and a feature that unites the collection into a clear and cohesive whole.Tropique wins Monocle Design Awards. The Monocle...
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Garden Chair in Wrought Iron. Indoor & Outdoor
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H 35.43 in W 17.71 in D 18.11 in
Set of Four Chairs, 1960s
By Thonet
Located in Praha, CZ
- Maker Ton, Bystrice pod Hostýnem - Retro style, Expo 58, Brusel - Made in Czechoslovakia - Very good, original condition.
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Set of Four Chairs, 1960s
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H 32.68 in W 15.75 in D 16.54 in
Ash & Cream Boucle Chairs by Guariche, Mortier, Motte for ARP, France, 1955
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Freshly re-upholstered "642" pair of lounge chairs by Atelier de Recherche Plastique (ARP) a joint venture by French iconic designers Pierre Guariche, Joseph André Motte and Michel Mortier Ash base the chairs will be shipped with base and seat disassembled for safer and cost efficient shipping purposes These chairs will ship from France, price does not include shipping nor possible customs related charges The chairs can be returned to either France or NY USA location.  
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Gubi Tropique Outdoor Dining Chair designed by Mathieu Mategot
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Pair of Mid-Century Mathieu Mategot "Casablanca" Side Chairs, circa 1950, France
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Located in Girona, Spain
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Vintage chair by Mathieu Matégot
By Mathieu Matégot
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Vintage chair by Mathieu Matégot
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H 33.27 in W 16.54 in D 22.84 in
Customizable Gubi Nagasaki Dining Chair Un-Upholstered by Mathieu Matégot
By Gubi, Mathieu Matégot
Located in New York, NY
The Nagasaki dining chair is designed in 1954 and is still Mathieu Matégot’s best-known piece. It was exhibited for the first time at the 1954 Sa...
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2010s Danish Mathieu Matégot Chairs

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Pair of Mathieu Mategot Chairs, France, C. 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of Mathieu Mategot chairs, France, c. 1950 Iron Measures: H: 33.4 D: 16.5 W: 22 in. Seat: 16.25.
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1950s "Antheor" Armchair by Mathieu Matégot
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Brecht, BE
An iconic Mathieu Matégot iron armchair.
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1950s "Antheor" Armchair by Mathieu Matégot
1950s "Antheor" Armchair by Mathieu Matégot
H 32.68 in W 23.63 in D 23.63 in
Mathieu Matégot White "CAP D'ail" Chair & Armchair Set, France, 1950's
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in New York, NY
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Mid-20th Century Re-Edition Mathieu Mategot Tropique Fringed Dining Chair
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Mathieu Mategot Black Perforated Metal Side Chair France circa 1953
By Mathieu Matégot
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Mathieu Matégot Metal Outdoor Chair Similar to the Cap d'Ail Model, 1950s French
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Located in London, GB
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Pair of Refinished French Midcentury Cap d'Ail Garden Chairs by Mathieu Matégot
By Mathieu Matégot, Schumacher
Located in New York, NY
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Mathieu Matégot "Wicker" Chair Iron Natural Fiber Colors, France, 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Madrid, ES
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Set of Four Mathieu Matégot Garden Chairs
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of a four chairs designed by Mathieu Matégot in France, circa 1950. Folded, perforated and lacquered metal. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age ...
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Set of Four Mathieu Matégot Garden Chairs
Set of Four Mathieu Matégot Garden Chairs
H 35.44 in W 23.63 in D 19.69 in

Mathieu Matégot chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Mathieu Matégot chairs 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 chairs, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 15 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 3 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original chairs 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 chairs by André Sornay, Maison Jansen, and Tolix. Prices for Mathieu Matégot chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $766 and can go as high as $17,604, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,700.

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