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Table en Forme Libre

c. 1959/2012

by Charlotte Perriand
for Cassina

Table en Forme Libre

by Charlotte Perriand
for Cassina

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The Table en Form Libre designed by Char­lotte Perriand features a thick top and signa­ture gently curved three-sided form with a perime­ter than gently cants down­ward. The base features three asym­met­ri­cally posi­tioned supports – two are cylin­dri­cal forms that had clearly been devel­oped in the 1930s; the third support is a large atten­u­ated ellip­soid that figures promi­nently in the designer’s other work includ­ing Refolo. The table is constructed of solid oak or mahogany and is avail­able in two finishes – mahogany natural or black stain oak. Depend­ing upon the scale and profile of the dining chair used, the table will accom­mo­date seating for 10; it could simi­larly be used as a large, dramatic work table or desk.

Charlotte Perriand

France (1903–1999)

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.

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