The Ventaglio table designed by Charlotte Perriand features a top composed of fourteen thick, rectilinear staved oak planks of equal widths that have been cut and arranged to create a complex polyhedric surface – the resulting shape delineates “areas” at the table allowing use for a small group to share a meal or activity or a large group to use the entire expanse of the table. The Ventaglio table is supported by three legs that are positioned at interesting angles on the underside – their gently undulating form is a perfect vertical foil to the top’s massive horizontal plane. The Ventaglio table is perfect to use as a dining table; similarly wonderful to use as a large sculptural desk.
The Ventaglio is available in natural or black stained oak – both finishes are part of our Quick Ship program.
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.