Jean Prouvé designed the Guéridon Table for the University of Paris, a table that impresses primarily with its clear construction. This wooden table proves that modern tables mustn’t always be made of steel and glass.
Prouvé varies his typical, architectural approach with natural materials on order to make this impression. Originally born out of the metal shortage during the Second World War, the wooden construction of Guéridon continued to impress even after the war. The Frenchman designed the dining table in this way in 1949, borrowing from the similarly named coffee table designed in 1944.
Jean Prouvé succeeded in designing a modern table by combining simple materials cleverly: a heavy tabletop rests on three legs made of solid oak wood. The legs are strong and noticeable, just like other designs by the Frenchman. This gives visual stability to the Guéridon dining table which is produced by Vitra today, while the table appears simultaneously timeless and modern thanks to its clear aesthetics.