Charlotte Perriand, Designer
One of the most remarkable figures in the development of modernist design, Charlotte Perriand designed buildings, interiors, and furniture, notably a prototype kitchen for Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation, the London office for Air France, and conference rooms for the United Nations in Geneva.
Designed in 1938, Table en Form Libre Dining Table by Charlotte Perriand was originally intended for the designer’s own atelier in the Montparnasse area of central Paris. It went into production courtesy of Galerie Steph Simon at the end of the 1950s. With its rounded edges and asymmetrical lines, this table is perfectly suited to accommodate up to eight guests in small spaces.
The table has three legs: one is oval with a wider footprint, the other two are smaller and are cylinder-shaped. In 2011, Cassina re-issued this piece, reducing the width of the legs to offer more space and allow guests to sit closer to each other on convivial occasions. Supplied in mahogany solid wood, the table also comes with a gloss or matte varnished finish in the Cassina Moodboard colors. The tabletop is composed of wooden staves that slot into each other, the joins being seen at the ends. The craftsmanship of this table is a testament to Cassina’s exceptional carpentry skills; any variations in the wood are part of the very nature of the raw material and serve to highlight its inherent beauty.
With the instinct to foretell today what will become a classic tomorrow, Cassina has been designing the future of interiors for over 90 years. Founded by brothers Cesare and Umberto Cassina in 1927, the company is credited with launching industrial design in post-war Italy.