Mathieu Mategot book
The first comprehensive monograph on Mathieu Matégot, emblematic designer of the second half of the 20th century Mathieu Matégot was a leading French designer of the 1950s. This artist of Hungarian origin was highly productive over a period of some twenty years, experimenting with materials, form and colour both in his furniture designs and in the art of tapestrymaking, which he practiced into the 1980s.
Mathieu Mategot invented his own artistic language, whose key elements were rigitulle, a type of perforated sheet metal, which he patented and which, by means of a system of folds, enabled him to shape his perforated metal in space, as well as férotin, a balanced blending of metal and rattan.
He commercialised his furniture abroad through his own company, notably in the UK and the Netherlands, and in the 1950s regularly participated in the major trade shows, such as the Salon des arts ménagers (domestic arts trade fair) and the Salon des artistes décorateurs (Interior decorators trade fair). He designed many significant public and private commissions: part of the Drugstore des Champs-Élysées, the layout of the airport of Tit-Mellil in Casablanca, and many tapestries for Air France, the French consulate in New York, etc.
This book provides a detailed overview of his entire career, thanks to a number of documents from the period, especially those made available in his family archives. It helps to better understand the inspiration for his creations and most importantly to rediscover a rich and varied body of work.
1950s Floor Lamp
Materials: Black and white painted iron, nickel-plated brass. Brass socket.
Max height: 184 cm / 25.39” – adjustable.
Width base: 36 x 37 cm / 14.17” x 14.56”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Mathieu Matégot (1911 – 2001) – attributed.
Manufacturer: Artimeta, Soest, The Netherlands – attributed.
In all probability this light is a floor lamp made by Artimeta, Soest, The Netherlands. The company was founded by Floris H. Fiedeldij and was active in the period 1950s – 1970s. Artimeta produced a lot of furniture with this perforated metal. After the bankruptcy, the company got a restart under the name Art Light. The company no longer exists.
Mathieu Matégot designed several items for Artimeta and most likely this beautiful floor lamp. After all, he patented the shape of perforation used for this lamp. Artimeta sold also lamps that were produced by the famous Italian company Stilnovo. This floor lamp was obtained in The Netherlands some years ago.