Created in the 1950s by the Hungarian-born French master of postwar design, Mathieu Matégot, the Tropique Collection of outdoor furniture captures the timeless glamour and exotic luxury of outdoor living on the Côte d’Azur in the mid-20th century.
TROPIQUE WINS MONOCLE DESIGN AWARD
The Monocle Design Awards honor the world’s most exciting designers alongside the very best new projects and products bringing our homes and cities to life. For the second edition, featured in the magazine’s May 2022 issue, Monocle’s editors and design correspondents have selected GUBI’s Tropique Collection by Mathieu Matégot as the winner in the awards’ ‘Best Patio Pick’ category.
TWO NEW COLORWAYS
In addition to the existing solid-color upholstery options in smooth, natural-toned white or beige, GUBI has introduced two new colorways. Evocative of Capri restaurant terraces and clifftop Riviera cafés, the new designs are characterized by wide, nautically inspired stripes in either white and orange, or white and blue. For an added bohemian flourish, all fabrics can be supplied with tasseled fringes.
Mathieu Matégot (1910–2001) was a self-taught Hungarian designer who settled in Paris after travelling, studying, and gaining experience in set design, window dressing, fashion, and tapestry.
He volunteered for the French army during the Second World War but was captured by the Germans and put to work in a mechanical accessories plant. It was here that he recognized the potential for perforated sheet metal to lend transparency, weightlessness and modernity to new forms. After the war, he developed Rigitulle – his take on the material – and his own folding, shaping, and bending technique.
GUBI GOES AL FRESCO
Designed to move as easily between indoor and outdoor spaces as we do, GUBI’s new transterior furniture and lighting features the aesthetic of Gabriella Crespi’s refined Bohemian ’72 Collection loved by the stars of stage and screen. GUBI adds dynamism to GamFratesi’s TS Table and Bill Curry’s innovative Obello Lamp, reinventing them as portable accessories that follow us wherever we go, bringing the look and feel of the indoors outside.