There are certain laws in life that seem so established as to be immutable. Gravity, for one. Or the perfect, incorruptible beauty of the circle. In 1962, Charlotte Perriand re-examined all of these ideas in an award-winning design for the Japanese Embassy in Paris. Named the Rio table, its asymmetric silhouette comprised of six segments of different radius. Each arranged in a circle but offset from one another to create an uneven outer border of solid wood with a hole in the centre. In one masterstroke, she revealed her perfect understanding of Eastern principles such as Wabi Sabi (the harmony in imperfection), and the beauty given to space rather than things in Japanese culture. Thanks to Cassina’s outstanding artisan skills, the model from 1962 has been reissued in its original form, alternating the use of oak with inserts in Viennese cane, with versions in stained or natural wood with elements in white or black marble.
Materials & Finishes
Today Cassina crafts this design by the same materials as intended by Charlotte Perriand — natural oak with a Vienna straw or Carrara marble top or black-stained oak with a Marquina marble table top.
Ø 140 x H 33 cm
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