BY MATHIEU MATÉGOT
Mathieu Matégot's Dédal Shelf is a result of his passion for the groundbreaking and innovative pairing of metal tubing and perforated metal sheet.
The Dédal Shelf was designed in 1955 and holds the advantages that Rigitulle entails - the metal's hardness as well as the fabric's lightness.
Though apparently simple, the Dédal Shelf is often composed on several levels. The graphical shape matches each other and when grouped together they form a new design, almost a geometric pattern - especially when the shelves are juxtaposed.
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 after finishing his studies at Budapest's School of Art and Architecture. In 1939, Matégot signed up as a volunteer for the French army but was held as a prisoner in Germany until he escaped in 1944. 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, Rigitulle - which later would become the characteristic trait of his.