The Matégot Side Table by Mathieu Matégot was designed in 1960 and with its organic and artistic form is a chic table, in clear or smoked glass, suitable for any contemporary home.
The brass base is playing with the contrasting lightness of the glass, giving the table an elegant and luxurious touch. The brass tube has the impression of spinning around, lifting the table top with an easiness and evoking a moment of weightlessness.
The Matégot Side Table was designed in harmony with the changing design style of its period. The combination of glass, brass and leather became more important due to recovered prosperity and rapid enrichments, which in turn contributed to a style that was popular in all social classes. The table is part of a new style investigation of Matégot since he moved on from his colourful and playful aesthetics of the 1950’s, away from focusing on the use of perforated metal. Therefore, the Matégot Side Table is part of a more sophisticated register that Matégot designed until 1963.
Mathieu Matégot (1910 - 2001) was a Hungarian designer and architect. After studying at Budapest's school of art and architecture, he settled in France in 1931. He was a volunteer in the French army, was captured and not released until 1944. After returning home, he started producing handmade furniture in Paris. Matégot's organic forms and lightness of touch create a sense of joy and the ground breaking and innovative techniques that he applied resulted in unique aesthetics and furniture designs. He was the first person to combine metal tubing with perforated sheet metal; ritigulle, a technique he patented and also a pairing that particularly characterizes his work.
Like many of his peers Mategot travelled the world in search of inspiration, techniques and upon return transformed these impressions into his own unique designs and interpretations. Wether it was industrial processes or aesthetics, he always collected and interpreted - he even patented and set up his own production to apply these new technologies into his designs, He was a true innovator of his time!
In the 1950's - also the one decade - that he devoted to the design of furniture and interior accessories, he created a wide range of distinctive designs that today is considered iconic and contemporary. To ensure quality in the production of his own designs - Matégot set up two of his own workshops - Société Mategot, one in Paris that employed up to twenty workers and a second in Casablanca, Morocco. Both manufactured in limited numbers for up to 200 items and continued until 1959 when Mategot abruptly ended his production and began his work on tapestry, which he would continue for the rest of his career.