Traccia

Design Meret Oppenheim

GEOMETRY AND IMAGINATION

A synergy of geometry and imagination sparked the idea for the iconic Traccia design low table that Swiss artist Meret Oppenheim designed in 1939, calling it the “Bird Leg Table” for obvious reasons.

PRODUCTION YEAR

1939

In 1971, Dino Gavino launched what he called “l’opera d’arte funzionale”, or functional artworks, in so doing inaugurating a new approach of furnishing where surreal objects were adapted for everyday use. This led to the creation of the Ultramobile collection. These pieces, that went beyond (ultra) furniture (mobile) engaged the imagination, complementing rational intelligence with a sense of wonder, where geometry interacted with fantasy. One of these pieces was the low table that the Swiss artist Meret Oppenheim designed in 1929 for Leo Castelli’s avant-garde gallery, dubbing it the “Bird Leg Table”, for fairly obvious reasons. The slim-line legs, and the taloned feet in polished cast bronze pay homage to the claw-foot furniture of the past. In the 1970s, the Simon International company produced a limited edition in a smaller size. This has now been re-released by Cassina, fully respecting the original design.

I Contemporanei

Meret Oppenheim

An artist with a complex personality, a free and instinctive creativity, versatile in application of the various artistic techniques. After her move to Paris in 1932, she gets in contact with all the great masters of surrealism, such as Arp, Giacometti, Breton, Man Ray, Duchamp and Max Ernst who became her intimate companion. The surrealist movement had great influence in Oppenheim’s work but nevertheless she could create her own identity.

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The slender legs and taloned feet in polished cast bronze are a tribute to the classic claw foot furniture of centuries past.

Frame

Matt black painted steel.

Top

Solid ash or American walnut slats; marble.

Feet

Black plastic.

PRODUCTION YEAR

1939

DESIGN BY
Meret Oppenheim
PRODUCTION YEAR

1939

DESIGN BY
Meret Oppenheim

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