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Mexique Table Desk

c. 1956/2014

by Charlotte Perriand
for Cassina

Mexique Table Desk

by Charlotte Perriand
for Cassina

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The Mexique table desk designed by Char­lotte Perriand was devel­oped as a desk for the dorm rooms at the Maison du Mexique at Paris’ Cité Inter­na­tionale Univer­si­taire, the Mexique series was orig­i­nally fabri­cated by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé which led to confus­ing misat­tri­bu­tion of the design over the past several decades. The Mexique table’s thick, exquis­itely sculpted trian­gu­lar top with rounded-edge profiles was part of Perriand’s solu­tion of creat­ing a surface with an atyp­i­cal foot­print that could easily be maneu­vered within a very small living space.

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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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