Mexique Coffee Table
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.
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.