Nagasaki Chair by Gubi
Design by Mathieu Matégot, 1954
The Nagasaki Chair is designed in 1954 and is still Mathieu Matégot’s best-known piece. It was exhibited for the first time at the 1954 Salon des Artistes Décorateurs and, along with Arne Jacobsen’s Ant Chair (1952), is one of only a few three-legged models. The chair is made of perforated sheet metal - Rigitulle, that characterise Matégot's work, and features unique details, such as the little stirrup that holds the seat and legs together. Both back and seat are curved and arched, similar to the form of a saddle and the overall effect is one of lightness. The highly graphic design construction is evocative of Le Corbusier’s work for the Church at Ronchamp. Today, the chair is part of the permanent collection at the internationally renowned, privately owned Vitra Design Museum.
Mathieu Matégot's organic forms and lightness of touch create a sense of joy and the ground breaking and innovative techniques that he employed result in aesthetic and, above all, contemporary designs.
Matégot was the first person to combine metal tubing with perforated sheet metal; a pairing that particularly characterizes his work. Many designers spend years developing their designs, simply to make them better and better. This was certainly not the case with Mathieu Matégot; he only devoted one decade to the design of furniture and interior accessories, yet these distinctive 1950's designs would later be considered iconic.
Today, Matégot's designs are equally fit for purpose as when they were originally conceived and his legendary designs are both timeless and classic. The Nagasaki chair is once of few three-legged models and is still Matégot's best-known piece and is included in the permanent exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum.
Dimensions: 56 x 59 x 14 cm, Sitting Height 45 cm.
Shell Finishes: Cream White Semi Matt, Mustard Gold Semi Matt, Soft Black Semi Matt