Mathieu Matégot


After studying at Budapest's school of art and architecture, Mathieu Matégot (1910 - 2001) created scenery and tapestries for the National Theatre. He settled in France in 1931 and as a volunteer in the French army, was captured and not released until 1944. After returning home, he established a workshop making handcrafted furniture in Paris. He devoted a decade to contemporary furniture design before returning to tapestry in the early 1960s becoming one of the leaders of the modern movement in French tapestry.

Matégot was the first person to combine metal tubing with perforated sheet metal; a pairing that particularly characterizes his work. His legendary three-legged Nagasaki Chair is one of his best-known pieces and is included in the permanent exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum.

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See The Matégot Collection by GUBI