Mathieu Mategot, (French, 1910-2001), a Bellevue coffee table base.
The yellow painted metal base lacking its circular glass top.
Height:37.50cm width:104 cm
Custom made for a private villa circa 1950/60
Mathieu Mategot (1910-2001) was one of the most renowned designers in France during the 1950s. Born in Hungary, he moved to France when he was 21 years old. He volunteered for the French Army during the Second World War and was taken prisoner and freed in 1944. After the war, and throughout the 1950s, he designed furniture using steel and sheet metal. He was the first person to combine metal tubing with perforated sheet metal, known as rigitulle, a technique which he subsequently patented. To ensure the quality of production of his designs, he set up his own workshops and limited the number in production of each piece. In 1959, he abruptly ended his production of furniture and switched his attention to tapestries, with which he continued to work for the rest of his career. His furniture can be found on display in the Centre George Pompidou in Paris.