TL3 - Franco Albini

Three re-editions of tables by the great masters: the visible lightness in the work of Franco Albini and the constructive rigour of Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand

Cassina expands its collection with signature tables suitable for all homes thanks to their compact dimensions. Working in close collaboration with the Franco Albini Foundation, the Le Corbusier Foundation and Pernette Perriand, daughter of Charlotte Perriand, a perfect reconstruction of these projects was made possible by studying original documents, prototypes and existing models.

TL3 table by Franco Albini, 1953 (2013) -Cassina I Maestri Collection

The vertical element as a recurring theme in the poetry of Franco Albini.
Widely experimented in the architect’s ethereal designs, the strut element finds its highest expression in the Veliero and Infinito bookcases, the former in a bold structural statement and the latter with the serial repetition of the vertical elements in support of a variety of arrangements of containers and shelves. The TL3 table legs also act as vertical elements: they are unique blocks almost completely turned, apart from the point at which they attach to the transverse horizontal element, where the square section is retained. A wooden cone surmounts each parallelepipedal, creating a gap between the table-top and the wooden crosspieces. The connections between the vertical elements and horizontal shaped crosspieces are highlighted by visible screws which openly show the key design concept, that is, the fact that it can be disassembled. The recurring visual lightness in Franco Albini’s design is further emphasised by how the table-top appears to be suspended in mid-air due to the use of metal spacers. Produced in the 1950's by the Italian company Poggi, the re-edition studied by Cassina and Marco Albini with the additional glass tops, found in the archive drawings, gives further value to the high quality carpentry of the frame.

Measurements: rectangular tops: 180x85xh.76.5cm (wood), 225x85xh. 76.5cm (wood), 180x85xh.75cm (glass),
225x85xh.75cm (glass) square tops: 140x140xh.75cm (glass), 85x85xh. 76.5cm (wood), 85x85xh.75cm (glass) round top: Ø130xh.75cm (glass).
Frame: solid natural ash, solid ash stained black, Canaletto walnut. Finish: the new low gloss finish introduced in this year's collection. Tops: glass, wood. Fittings: steel with a black finish.

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.

Measurements: 70x50xh.72cm. Frame: tubular brushed nickel. Top: “L” shaped sheet metal Finish: taupe or dark brown painted top.

LC6 table by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand 1928/9 (2013) -Cassina I Maestri Collection

Experimentation with colour returns as an authentic theme.
Cassina continues its re-discovery of the authentic masterpieces of the great masters by identifying the first versions designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand for the Salon d'Automne of 1929. The LC6 table was presented at this event as a first study model with an rose glass printed top and green base and was subsequently developed by Charlotte Perriand with a blue top and ivory colour base. A new and original coloured vision of these great masters’ furniture offered today by Cassina in two versions, each in a special edition of 100 pieces.

Measurements: 220x100xh.74cm. Finishes: rose-grey thermoformed glass/ steel frame painted shiny green, blue thermoformed glass/ steel frame painted shiny ivory colour.