Friday, August 3, 2012

Tapestry inspiration: Mathieu Mategot

I stumbled across some tapestries designed by Mathieu Mategot and wanted to find out a little bit more about him.  There was something about the work that just appealed to me, it has a particular aesthetic.  He was predominately a designer and created some beautiful objects including bar trolleys and tables. It makes me long for a return to the time when design included tapestry as well and was all included in very fashionable houses.


Artist: Mathieu Mategot
Title: : "Bali" tapestry
Manufacturer: Aubusson
Circa: designed circa 1962
Medium: 
Signature: Signed lower left with label verso
Measurements: 70" x 60"
Edition: #1 of 6

Designer (1910-2001) - Hungary

After his studies at the school of fine arts and architecture in Budapest, he began to create sets for the National Theater. He settled in France in 1931, where he took up various professions, creating sets for the Folies Bergères, window dresser for the Lafayette Galleries, fashion designer for dressmaking firms in Paris.

At the end of the 1930's, painting that he had continued doing, led him to a new world: tapestry work. The second world war interrupted his activity. A volunteer in french army, he was taken prisoner and he was free in 1944. After his return, he set up a workshop for handcrafted furniture in Paris. He used materials such as metal, rattan, glass, Formica, and perforated sheet metal in particular, to design chairs, armchairs, tables, serving tables, sideboards, desks and useful articles.

Mathieu Mategot in a fantastic thinking artist pose!

His activity as designer spanned a relativity short period, up to the beginning of the 1950's. During this period, he created the three-legged chair "nagasaki" (1954) and the "copacabana" armchair (1955/1956) that are today part of the design collection at the Museum of Decoratives Arts in Paris and the design collection at the Georges Pompidou Centre, National Museum of Modern Art, Industrial centre, Beaubourg, Paris. The Matégot's stand is present at all great events like "Salon des Artistes Décorateurs, SAD, Paris, or "Salon des Arts Ménagers", Paris. He was with Prouvé, Perriand, Royère, Adnet and the ceramist Georges Jouve in development of various projects, one of the most renowned french designer of this time.

In early 60's, he deliberately stopped this activity to devote himself to tapestry work. His first cartoons were woven in Aubusson, France, in 1945. He worked with Jean Lurçat, Marcel Grommaire, Mario Prassinos and many others to modernize contemporary french tapestry.

Mathieu Matégot died in february 2001 at Angers, France. (from the La Galerie Nationale Website)

2 comments:

Michelle said...

Oh wow, gorgeous designs! Though I must say I get disappointed when I find out that the designer isn't the weaver ... it's more impressive when an artist does both ;)

miss mardi nowak said...

I know Michelle! However I am pretty keen on the days when tapestry was pretty up there on the design front too.

But I'll always been an artist/weaver!

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