Mategot, Mathieu

Mathieu Mategot was born in Hungary and settled in France when he was nineteen. He worked at the Galeries Lafayette then was hired by a furniture editor in 1933. One of the first designers to reintroduce rattan, he designed anonymously furniture in this material. In 1939 he volunteered against Germany but was taken prisoner and sent to a facility producing mechanical accessories. He worked on sheet metal and was immediately interested by this material. At the end of the war Mategot opened his own design studio. He patented the “Rigitule”, a process that consists of folding the sheet in a z-shape to increase its resistance. He designed sheet metal furniture mixed with traditional materials like wood or rattan, and more innovative materials like glass, Formica, leather…His chair Tit Mellil is a good example of his work, but his most famous piece remains his three feet chair, Nagasaki, designed circa 1950.