Mexique Outdoor Table
Charlotte Perriand’s Mexique furnishings take on new materials and finish options to transition outdoors. Cassina interprets the design in plywood, suitable for the outdoors, with a matte lacquer finish in various colors, a stainless steel base, and a matte black powder-coat finish. The same iconic triangular-shaped table and beveled edges, distinguishing the design, can be enjoyed as a dining table in two sizes, high bar or low table — making the best use of space as was initially intended. Charlotte Perriand began designing the “en forme libre” series of tables in 1938 and devised Mexique in 1952 specifically for the students’ rooms in the Maison du Mexique at the Cité Universitaire Internationale in Paris.
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.