Table a Plateau Interchangeable Outdoor
Initially created in 1937 for Charlotte Perriand’s workshop in Montparnasse, the Table a Plateau Interchangeable’s base consists of three circular legs joined by crosspieces that support the tabletop.
As the name implied, the top is interchangeable. A project designed to be used in various ways; in fact, the model would be used in many of Perriand’s other subsequent projects, from the Japanese- inspired projects of the 1940s, with tops or woven trays made with local materials, for the living rooms of the Unité d’Habitation flats in Marseille.
The Table à Plateau Interchangeable, today part of the Cassina I Maestri Collection, has also been developed for outdoor use. The outdoor version has a solid teak structure and top in Carrara marble with an oiled finish in two sizes like the indoor model.
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.