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Mathieu Mategot (France, 1910-2001)

Mathieu Matégot (4 April 1910 – February 2001) was a Hungarian/French designer and material artist. He was one of the most renowned French designers of the 1950s.

                                        
Born and educated at the Beaux Arts school in Budapest, furniture and tapestry designer Mathieu Matégot moved to France in the early 1930s, where he worked as a window dresser and women’s clothing designer.
He learned metalworking techniques as a prisoner of war in the 1940s, and upon his release began designing furniture, pioneering many of what we now identify as midcentury design tropes, like metal-mounted rattan, steel tubing, and perforated sheet metal.
The workshop made chairs, tables, sideboards, desks and other objects that he had designed. At first based in Paris, the workshop later moved to Casablanca. All the furniture and other objects had clever, practical and amusing designs. Distributed to decoration shops in editions of 200, his work was extremely successful.
Matégot designed the three-legged "Nagasaki" chair in 1954 and the "Copacabana" armchair (1955/1956), both made of steel tube and perforated sheet metal, characteristic materials whose use Matégot pioneered. The Nagasaki chair is now held in the design collection at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. The Copacabana armchair is in the design collection at the Centres George Pompidou, Beaubourg, Paris.
Matégot furnished or decorated numerous prestigious buildings such as the Hotel de France in Conakry (1951), the Drugstrore Publicis (1958) and the Maison de l'ORTF both in Paris (1962).
By the 1970s, Matégot returned to producing tapestries, many of which evoke Abstract Expressionist paintings.
Sources: https://www.artsy.net/artist/mathieu-mategot and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathieu_Mat%C3%A9got
 

Since 1989 Jonathan Amar works on prestigious projects internationally for both private and commercial spaces. His activities are split into three domains: design studio, manufacturing and interior design consultancy.

In the interior design field, he also intervenes on the concept creation and brand design experiences. To name a few: Royal Mansour, Les Bains Douches, Comptoir Marrakech, Renaissance hotel, Castel, Nobu, numerous Costes restaurants and bars in Paris, Momo's and Sketch in London, Aroma Café in Bahrein, Club Med suites, Saint James hotel, Ping Pong London. Since the early 1980’s Jonathan is behind the interior design of more than 150 restaurants, clubs and bars in Paris alone. 

Jonathan Amar also offers consultancy advice for international design firms with luxury projects in Morocco for which his studio oversees artisanal production units.

Our studio – JAS - designs and produces bespoke brass lighting, furniture and accessories with a style characterized by the double ambition of being modern and familiar, universal yet poetic. Each contemporary design embraces a contemporary outlook on traditional Moroccan craftsmanship.

The lighting collections are mainly handcrafted in Leiria, a small city in Portugal reputed for its exquisite glass making.

Our know-how stems from combining traditional materials such as wicker, rattan and leather with brass using meticulous workmanship.

Our bespoke collections represent 35 years of passion and know-how in the fields of decorative arts and interior design. Over these years we have built a strong ecosystem within Moroccan artisanry, with the aim of perpetuating our cultural heritage.

Each product design is customisable and therefore adapted to all types of clients and professionals for small and big scale projects. All items are made-to-measure and available upon order.

Craftsmanship

Handcrafted between France, Portugal and Morocco with exclusive French and Italian resources, our pieces honour the relationship between meticulous workmanship and quality materials through the thickness, finishes and fixtures of each creation.

Due to the handmade nature each piece is unique and might vary slightly in finish.

Materials

Brass, the central element of most creations, is available in an array of finishes: nickel-plated, polished, varnished or aged.

The finish you select and the way you care for your purchase throughout the years results in one of a kind pieces. Since Brass is a metal that works well with a multitude of materials, our studio associates it with a unique palette of colours and textures.

Fabric and wicker are used to design lampshades; mosaics and marbles form table tops and bases; lamp stems are sheathed in hand pleated leather by artisan saddlers. Hand-engravings, the iconic know-how of our atelier, are available on a selected number of models as an additional request.

Practical Lights

  • Built with a sophisticated pear shaped joint (patented design), extendible arms and functional handles.

  • Equipped with optional latest led sensory dimming or wireless technologies.

  • Available in a variety of sizes to cover all types of living areas.

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