Coffee table Maison du Mexique, 1953
Special order for student’s room of the House of Mexico – Cité Universitaire de Paris
Wood and lacquered metal
H. 35 W. 118 D. 35 cm
Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999) is considered as one of the most accomplished furniture creators of the fifties.
Freed from conventional aesthetics, Charlotte Perriand focused her attention on wood work where she found inspiration following her four year stay in Japan – straw, bamboo, tree branches became her favorite materials: with various combinations resulting from these. She only kept the essential volumes and ultimately distanced herself from the functionalist logic. It’s mainly after the second world war that Charlotte Perriand elaborated a new housing concept giving a human dimension to her pieces; through a free use of materials and her intimate connection with nature, she imposed a pure and powerful style through an art of living.
Keeping in mind and aware of the economic and social realities, she opted for a serial production, elaborating a synthesis between tradition and industry.
She wanted to protect the man and his environment by creating comfortable and functional furniture.