Born in Hungary, Mathieu Mategot studied at the School of Beaux Arts de Budapest. He visited the United-States, Italy to finally decide to move to France. He began his career as a window dresser for the Galeries Lafayette. In 1933, he started to design pieces of furniture made of rattan and metal but quickly enrolled in the army at the beginning of the Second World War and was captured. After the Liberation, he focused his work on design made of transparent metal, such as this magazine rack, and founded his workshop in Paris and Casablanca.