Table Esprit Nouveau by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, 1925 (2013) - Cassina I Maestri Collection
The first production of a table discovered at the headquarters of the Le Corbusier Foundation.
This is the first ever production of a small table designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret for Maison La Roche. The architects built the villa between 1923 and 1925 for Raoul La Roche who commissioned a house where he could also display his art collection. Today the villa is home to the Le Corbusier Foundation and a museum open to the public.
The first in a series of metal furniture
The Table Esprit Nouveau was exhibited with other furniture in 1925 at the Pavillon Esprit Nouveau in Paris, a major international exhibition of modern decorative and industrial arts at which Le Corbusier, with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret, showed a prototype of cell housing which was entirely industrially produced.
This exhibition space included many objets-type selected by Le Corbusier for mass industrial production available at this time (from the English leather armchairs to metal garden chairs). This small metal table was the first example of the future series of revolutionary metal furniture to be exhibited at the Salon d'Automne in 1929.
Frame: tubular brushed nickel.
Top: “L” shaped sheet metal
Finish: taupe or dark brown painted top.