Mathieu Mategot

Mathieu Matégot

1910- 2001 (Hungary)

Hungarian designer and Architect, Mategot studied at Budapest’s school of art and architecture. After travelling Italy and the United States he settled in France in 1931. He accepted jobs that included window dressing at the Galaries Lafayette, designing women’s dresses and in the late 1930’s creating tapestries. It was in 1933 that Mategot started to create his first examples of rattan furniture mounted on metal frames.

He was a volunteer in the French Army at the start of WWII, where he was captured and not released until 1944. As a prisoner, he learnt the techniques and potential of sheet metal.Upon his return home to Paris he began his career making handmade furniture using metal, rattan, glass, Formica and perforated sheet metal. All his pieces were clever and practical in their design and he distributed to shops in editions of 200, his work extremely successful.

In the 1950’s he continued his work designing furniture and interior accessories and setup two of his own workshops, one in Paris that employed 20 workers, and a second in Casablanca, Morocco. Like many designers of his time he travelled the world in search of inspiration and ideas, and would then interpret the techniques into his designs. He was the first person to mix metal tubing and perforated sheet metal; ritigulle, a technique he patented.

He would continue to make furniture in limited numbers until 1959 when he suddenly ended his production and began his work on tapestry which he would continue for the rest of his working life.