Mathieu Matégot established himself as a prolific figure in mid-twentieth century design with his signature combination of tubular steel and perforated metal sheet, a material he treated like fabric and later patented under the name Rigitulle. This side table takes advantage of the materials’ flexibility to create a unique organic form which adorns the space with optimism.
As a champion of tubular steel furniture, Matégot carries on the legacy of Mies vander Rohe, Mart Stam and other early Modernist masters, who popularised the material and revolutionalised consumers’ experience of the interior space through its simple, rational aesthetics and emphasis on functionality.
The plant stand is a recurring product type in Matégot’s repertoire. Environmentalism entered public consciousness after the World War II and this dual-function piece represents an early creative solution for green living to increase plant’s presence in the household, connecting them to the user’s daily rituals on the table. The designer wisely uses the glass table top to introduce luminosity and airiness to the work, providing a counterpoint to the dark supporting frame. It is even more amazing that this one small piece of glass gives the object a whole new raison d’etre from purely decorative to practical.
Side Table with Plant Holders
by Mathieu Matégot
This multifunctional furniture piece bears the signature style of eminent Mathieu Matégot. The combination of tubular and perforated metal pushed the envelope of design during the 1950s.