Table a Plateau Interchangeable
The first example of the Table A Plateau Interchangeable was made in 1937 for Charlotte Perriand’s Parisian studio in Montparnasse. The structure of the base is made up of three circular section legs in black stained ash wood joined by three crosspieces on which a top in extra-white glass, Marquinia or Carrara marble is placed. Variations of this table can be found in many other projects by Charlotte Perriand. For example, in Japan in the ’40s with a top produced in local materials, and in the living areas of the apartments of the Unité d’Habitation in Marseille.
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.