Vintage TRACCIA Table by Meret Oppenheim, 1970s
Side or coffee table 'Traccia' designed by Meret Oppenheim. Italy, Simon International, 1972.
ORIGINAL EDITION. The Traccia table designed by Meret Oppenheim in 1939 and produced by Simon International in Milan in the early 1970s. Wooden top with bird tracks embossed in the surface and applied with gold leaf. Legs in polished bronze casting shaped like bird legs. Iconic and fun piece !
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.
Good vintage condition.