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Mathieu Matégot

Mathieu Matégot (1910-2001) was an independent, self-taught Hungarian designer and architect. After studying at Budapest's School of Art and Architecture, in 1931 he moved to his beloved Paris, the city where he spent most of his life. However, when in 1939 he joined the French army during the war, he became a prisoner in Germany until his escape in 1944. This period was fundamental to his career, where he experimented with the Rigitulle, a material that later became his characteristic trait. This material, consisting of metal tubes combined with a perforated sheet, can be folded like a piece of fabric and shaped to give furniture transparency, weightlessness, and eternal modernity. In the 1950s his design focused on the production of interior furniture, and at that time he opened two companies: Société Mategot in Paris and another in Casablanca, Morocco. At the beginning of the 1960s, he made a breakthrough, working on the tapestry until the end of his career.