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Mathieu Matégot

Mathieu Matégot (1910 - 2001) was a versatile, independent and self-taught Hungarian designer, architect and artist who spent most of his life in his beloved Paris, where he for the first time settled in 1931. In 1939, Matégot signed up as a volunteer for the French army but was held as a prisoner in Germany. This wartime captivity was an important time, career-wise, for Matégot as it was here he was able to familiarise himself with the innovative material and technique, which he named Rigitulle - which later would become the characteristic trait of his.

Rigitulle was a groundbreaking material and technique, where metal tubing is combined with perforated metal sheet. Like fabric, Rigitulle could be bent, folded and shaped to give the furniture Matégot designed transparency, weightlessness and everlasting modernity. Mathieu Matégot patented this material and technique and set up his own production so that he could apply it into his design.