The Demon Shelf, or the Biblio-Démon as it is listed in Mathieu Mategot's old sketches, was part of a “plan d’execution de la bibliothèque”; a plan to create an atmosphere like that found in a grand library or study in the home. Designed in 1954, Mategot has created a modular shelving system that can be applied in multiple ways; suitable for all homes and spaces where that extra dimension of aesthetics for wall storage is sought for.
Mathieu Mategot was born in Hungary in 1910. After his studies at the school of fine arts and architecture in Budapest, he began to create sets for the National Theatre. He settled in France in 1931, where he took up various professions, creating sets for the Folies Bergeres, window dresser for the Lafayette Galleries, fashion designer for dressmaking firms in Paris.
The second world war interrupted his activity. A volunteer in the French army, he was taken prisoner and he was free in 1944. After his return, he set up a workshop for hand crafted furniture in Paris. He used materials such as metal, rattan, glass, Formica, and perforated sheet metal in particular, to design chairs, armchairs, tables, serving tables, sideboards, desks and useful articles.
Mathieu Mategot died in February 2001 at Angers, France.