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Mexique Coffee Table

c. 1956/2014

by Charlotte Perriand
for Cassina

Mexique Coffee Table

by Charlotte Perriand
for Cassina

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The Mexique coffee table by Char­lotte Perriand was orig­i­nally conceived in 1952 as a desk for the dorm rooms at the Maison du Mexique at Paris’ Cité Inter­na­tionale Univer­si­taire, the result­ing Mexique table was orig­i­nally fabri­cated by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé which led to confus­ing misat­tri­bu­tion of the design over the past several decades. A low version of Mexique – the Mexique coffee table – was devel­oped in 1956 and first shown at Galerie Steph Simon, Paris.

The Mexique coffee table features a thick, exquis­itely sculpted trian­gu­lar top with a rounded-edge profile that is avail­able in a choice of solid natural Amer­i­can walnut or natural oak – each juxta­posed with canted legs composed of folded steel in a matte black finish. A tall version of Mexique has also avail­able as a table or desk.

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Charlotte Perriand

France (1903–1999)

In her eight-decade career, Charlotte Perriand contributed to countless design projects that allowed her to experiment with material. She explored working with tubular steel furniture, natural pieces in ebonized wood, bamboo furniture in Japan, and more. Paying close attention to the functionality of the furniture and the arrangement of the interior environment, Perriand designed pieces that were meant to be comfortably used and enjoyed in a space, as evidenced in her famed 1959 daybed or curved-back LC7 chair. Her revolutionary user-centric approach helped establish her as a seminal figure in the modernist design movement whose legacy endures to this day.

Not long after graduating from Ecole de L'Union Centrale de Arts Decoratifs in Paris, Perriand impressed critics with “Bar Under the Roof,” an installation featuring an aluminum and chrome bar counter and card table presented at the Salon d’Automne in 1927. The showcase established her as an avant-garde talent to watch and wowed a personal icon of hers, Le Corbusier—who invited her to join his studio and work on furniture designs with him and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret. The trio went on to craft some of the most enduring modern furniture pieces of the 20th century, such as the widely collected LC4 chaise longue, today produced by Cassina.

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