'Biblio Démon' Wall Mounted Shelves

by Mathieu Matégot
Black lacquered steel supports and oak shelves, including floor supports

France, circa 1954

The modular shelf-library with 'Demon' supports was designed to be used in different ways, depending on the wall space and storage required. Easily mountable and dismountable, it was widely advertised (image 2 - advert from 1953) for the domestic market. Dealing with restricted space was the principle focus of French decoration at the time, with themes such as 'Youth and the Living Environment.' Mategot's 'Hotel Room for North Africa,' where he furnished the interior of one of three bungalows (image 4), shows a comfortable and light ensemble, where the Biblio Démon makes one of its first public appearances. With restrained panache Mategot's bookcase elegantly captures the alliance of 'the useful and the beautiful' as demanded by the requirements of the age and Salon curators such as Paul Breton.
H 208cm x W 109cm x D 24cm
H 81.92" x W 42.93" x D 9.45"


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