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Mathieu Matégot Tables

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
Mid-Century Mathieu Matégot Coffee Table "Copacabana", circa 1955, France
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Girona, Spain
Mid-Century Mathieu Matégot coffee table "Copacabana". Made with steel. Enameled in white. Very decortive. Circa 1955, France. Mathieu Matégot...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Steel

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 Tables

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Steel

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

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Steel

Pair of Domino Tables by Mathieu Matégot, 1953
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Santa Gertrudis, Baleares
Pair of Domino coffee tables by Mathieu Matégot, black and red lacquered perforated metal and brass.
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Brass, Steel

Pair of Matheiu Matégot domino tables
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Henley-on Thames, Oxfordshire
Pair of Domino low tables by Mathieu Matégot, black lacquered perforated steel with brass ball feet. Paintwork refreshed, one foot replaced Ateliers Matégot, France circa 1955
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Brass, Steel

Rare Mathieu Matégot Metal Black and White Bookstand for Artimeta, 1956
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Den Haag, NL
Rare Mathieu Matégot bookstand for Artimeta, 1956. White perforated trays, to use for magazines or books, also useable as a side table. In original vin...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Metal

Round table "Cap d'Ail", by Mathieu Matégot (1910-2001), France, circa 1952
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Paris, FR
« Cap d’Ail » model table, with circular glass top resting on a white lacquered metal diabolo frame. Decorated with a double frieze at the top and center. Similar model reproduced i...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Set of 3 Extra Large French, 1960, Tray
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Miami, FL
Exceptional set of 3 huge Mathieu Matégot tray, Classic Matégot Rigitulle pattern with a polished brass trim Dimensions: 1 red 1 1/8 H, 25 3/8 L, 16 1/4 D 1 white 1 5/8 H, 35 1/8 ...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Brass, Steel

SOUMBA occasional table by Mathieu Matégot
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in PARIS, FR
Born in Hungary on April 4, 1910, Mathieu Matégot spent four years at the Budapest School of Fine Arts before becoming a theater decorator. In 1931, he moved to Paris, where he worked as a window dresser, producing his first rattan objects...
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1950s French Vintage Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Metal

Rare White Metal side Table Cocktail drinks Tray by Mathieu Matégot France 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Den Haag, NL
Rare side Table Cocktail Tray by Mathieu Matégot France 1950's With many wear of use but all original.
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Metal

Mathieu Mategot Wrought Iron & Saint Gobain Glass Gueridon, France 1950's
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in New York, NY
Elegant wrought iron and glass center table with a Saint Gobain top, the base is a double-looped rod that gracefully connects to a sphere in the center. The model is a variation of t...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Wrought Iron

Nasting Tables by Mathieu Mategot
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Mathieu MATEGOT 1910-2001 After studying at the Beaux Arts in Budapest, Mathieu Matégot moved to France in 1931 where he exercised various professions: designer of sets for the F...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Metal

Mathieu Mategot Trolley in Wood and Metal Straw France
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Lège Cap Ferret, FR
Trolley by Mathieu Matégot made by Les Ateliers. Matégot France 1950s. Troley in wood and straw perforated metal. The 2 straw trays are in poor condition. The structure and the perf...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Metal

Vintage Mathieu Matégot Perforated Metal Design Rolling Bar Cart
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in East Hampton, NY
Mathieu Mategot, 1910-2001 After studying at the Beaux Arts in Budapest, Mathieu Matégot moved to France in 1931 where he exercised various professions: designer of sets for the Foli...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Trolley
By Gubi, Mathieu Matégot
Located in Glendale, CA
Mathieu Matégot trolley. Originally designed by Mathieu Matégot in 1953 and newly produced by GUBI in an authorized re-edition, the spacious Ma...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Steel

Mathieu Matégot Folding Garden Table, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Folding garden table designed by Mathieu Matégot. By unknown manufacturer, circa 1950. In original condition, with some visible signs of prev...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Kangourou Side Tables
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Nesting tables, model Kangourou, designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by his son Patrice Matégot, France, circa 2000 before it went into production again. Folded, perforated m...
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Early 2000s French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Black Coffee Table / Telephone Holder, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Mid-Century Modern black coffee table and telephone holder designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by Ateliers Matégot, France, circa 1950. Materials and color: black lacquered metal. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Dimensions: D 45.5 cm x W 34 cm x H 68 cm. Literature: Published in Patrick Favardin Book p6. Mathieu Matégot, (1910-2001) was a Hungarian and French designer and material artist. He was one of the most renowned French designers of the 1950s. Born and educated in Budapest, he moved to France in the early 1930s, where he worked as a window dresser and women’s clothing...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Yellow and Black Trolley, circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Trolley designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by Ateliers Matégot (France), circa 1950. Folded, perforated metal lacquered in black. In good original condition, with minor w...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Metal

Shelves in the Style of Mathieu Matégot
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Shelves in the style of Mathieu Matégot Manufactured in France, circa 1950. In good condition, with minor wear consistent with age ...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Metal

Mategot Rare Table
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Very rare table by Mathieu Mategot, France, 1956 Engraved fiber ciment, glass, metal, brass Literature : - FAVARDIN, Mathieu Mategot, éd. Norma, Pari...
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1950s French Vintage Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Metal

Vintage Metal Trolley by Mathieu Mategot, 1960s
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Vintage metal trolley by Mathieu Mategot, 1960s. Very classic and very nice bar serving. Trays and bottle holders made of ivory-coloured perfo...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Chrome, Sheet Metal

Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Mategot Tray Table, Trolley, Ca. 1960s
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Schagen, NL
Striking bar cart or serving table, designed by Mathieu Matégot, ca. the 1950s.-1960s. The piece features an original Yellow tray, a cream/White Minimalist base with typical perforat...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Metal

French Perforated Two-Tiered Metal Bar Cart w/ Brass Accents
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in East Hampton, NY
This is a wonderful two-tiered perforated metal in off-white with Porcelain wheels. Brass accents throughout and a removeable galvanized metal ice bucket for chilling wine or champa...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Metal, Brass

Mathieu Matégot Bar Cart
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Miami, FL
"L'adapt-bar", bar cart made by Mathieu Matégot, signed and numbered. Image 7: "MARIE CLAIRE" Issue December 1963. Avalable also in black Stock TB #C 202 (Image 8).
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Steel, Chrome

Pair of Rare Bedside Tables by Mathieu Matégot
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in London, GB
A pair of black rigitule bedside table or originally telephone table. Manufactured by Les Ateliers Matégot, 1953, France. Original paint. Published in Patrick Favardin Book p6.
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Steel

Metal Café Side Table In Style Of Mathieu Matégot Produced in France, 1950s
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare café and side table in style of Mathieu Matégot produced in France during the 1950s. In good vintage condition and showing beautiful p...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Black & Red Finish Bar Cart on Casters French Mid-Century Modern
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Miami, FL
French Mathieu Matégot bar cart in red & black finish, features hand made mesh baskets and comes with the original rubber wheels. All working...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Metal, Steel

French Mid-Century Modern Table by Mathieu Matégot
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Paris, FR
A 20th century vintage circular center table by the iconic French designer Mathieu Matégot sitting on a beautiful tripod base and designed out of the distinct perforated sheet metal....
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Steel

Mathieu Matégot Model Gin. Rare Green 2 Wheels Cocktail trolley
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in London, GB
Serving table in perforated sheet metal or rigitule by Mathieu Matégot by Ateliers Mathieu Mategot, France. Gin 1953. Documented and referenced in Mathieu Matégot by Jousse Entreprise. Totally untouched and in its original paint. Documented & referenced in Mathieu Matégot by Jousse Entreprise Patrick Favardin, Mathieu Matégot, Norma Editions, 2014 The drinks trolley seems to have been one of Mategot's favourites. They symbolize a time of peace and leisure, whilst 'theoretically' lightening the load of household work. They also represent a blurring between the indoors and the outside, at a time when the everyday living space was being extended to balconies and gardens. He was to produce over 20 drinks trolley permutations. After the war Mategot took part in a major revival of the decorative arts, which had become reliant on the elegant but expensive materials inherited from Art Deco. The war had forced all cultural assumptions to be re-examined while also dramatically interrupting traditional supply channels. The necessities of reconstruction and limited budgets thus called on all creators...
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20th Century French Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Cut Steel

Mategot Bar Trolley, France, 1950s
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Saarbruecken, DE
Mategot bar trolley, France, 1950s. Black metal base. Vinyl covered tabletop. Castors move prefect.     
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Metal

Coffee Table by Mathieu Matégot
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Brussels, BE
Model Canasta by Mathieu Matégot, circa 1960. Coffee table with four square section legs covered in black leather with saddle stitching. Brass cruciform spacer and oval shaped new g...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Brass

Mathieu Mategot Tripod Coffee Table / Magazine Rack
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Soho, London, GB
Occasional table with magazine rack by Mathieu Mategot (France circa 1955). The table is made in Mategot's iconic perforated sheet metal paired with a glass top.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Sheet Metal

Mathieu Mategot, Serving Cart, Tea Trolley, Lacquered black metal, France, 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, ES
Mathieu Mategot (1910-2001). Serving cart Manufactured by Atelier Mategot. France, 1950s. Lacquered and perforated metal. Measurements 55 x 40 cm x 63.5 H cm. 21.65 in x 15.74 in x 25H in. Literature Philippe Jousse...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Metal

Mathieu Matelot Trolley
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Cart in original condition from the 1950s Pink lacquer had been added later on Located in Brooklyn.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Metal

Pair of French Metal and Rattan Magazine Tables by Mathieu Matégot
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This rare matching pair of rattan and wrought iron tables were designed by Mathieu Matégot (Ateliers Matégot), circa 1950. Composed of a perforated surface above a stained rattan ra...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Metal

Pair French Mid-Century Modern Nesting / Coffee Tables by Mathieu Matégot
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in New York, NY
Rare and Elegant pair of French Mid-Century Modern nesting/ side tables or cocktail tables in perforated steel by Mathieu Matégot. The pieces are enameled black. The tables represent...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Metal

Trolley Mathieu Matégot Cocktail Serving Table, Venise Model, 1953
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in London, GB
Serving table in perforated sheet metal or rigitule by Mathieu Matégot by Ateliers Mathieu Mategot, France. Rigitule glass and brass. Venise model, 1953. Documented and referenced in Mathieu Matégot by Jousse Entreprise...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Brass, Steel

Mathieu Matégot - „Soumba“ Side Tables - 1953 by Atelier Matégot, France
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Munster, NRW
Set of Three ’Soumba’ Side Tables by Mathieu Matégot in 1953 Absolutely outstanding colors! Made by Atelier Matégot, France from perforated sheet metal, standing on small brass fee...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Steel

Mathieu Matégot Copacabana Table
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Very rare Mathieu Matégot Copacabana Table. Enameled steel, France, 1955.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot Mid-Century Modern Black Metal and Glass Coffee Table circa 1950
By Mathieu Matégot
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Coffee table designed by Mathieu Matégot. Manufactured by Ateliers Matégot, France, circa 1950. Lacquered metal with original paint. In good original condition, with minor wea...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mathieu Matégot Tables

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Metal

Mathieu Matégot tables for sale on 1stDibs.

Mathieu Matégot tables 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 tables, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 39 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 3 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original tables 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 tables by Roche Bobois, Pierre Paulin, and Pierre Guariche. Prices for Mathieu Matégot tables can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $880 and can go as high as $23,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,550.

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