Guéridon J.M. is a multi-purpose low table designed by Charlotte Perriand in 1953 for the residence of her husband who was, at the time, head of Air France’s Japanese division in Tokyo. Only nine examples of this stackable table were originally produced, and are inspired by the traditional black lacquered trays set on the floor and used to serve food at official receptions in Japan. The Gueridon J.M. individual table was crafted from one sheet of aluminum, the slot on either side designed to soften the overall look. Epitomizing the exquisite craftsmanship proprietary to Cassina, this contemporary take on the Gueridon J.M. comprises a complex procedure where the leather is tailored to the molded fiberglass base.
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.