Poltrona Frau has been carrying out an interesting philological work around the Mesa project. Based on original designs by Lella & Massimo Vignelli, it has been developed two new evocative versions of the table, The coming together of two simple geometric shapes, a circle and a cone. The table's possible uses have expanded with the different sizes of top that now accompany the 135 cm diameter model with its slate top and supporting column in Pietra Serena stone: the 150 cm diameter dining table and the 120 cm diameter bistro table. The top is made from MDF in a wenge stained ash wood veneer. There are two versions of the base: Pietra Serena stone or steel covered in Cuoio Saddle Extra leather with contrast stitching and Pelle Frau® leather from the Color System with tone-on-tone stitching. A special system of internal counterweights stabilise the steel base.
A sculpted, almost primitive table, this icon of formal purity was first designed in 1985 by Lella and Massimo Vignelli and has now been revisited by Poltrona Frau. The graphical elements so characteristic of the work of the two designers are also clearly visible in the Mesa table, which combines the two simple geometric shapes of a circle and a cone. The top is composed of Ligurian slate which, thanks to the traditional splitting technique, retains the rock’s natural grooves and lines on the surface. The supporting column is made from grey Pietra Serena sandstone. The material value of the two elements is further heightened by their simplicity, creating the overall effect of a physical monolith which is solid and compact yet light at the same time. The junction between the table top and the column is formed of tubular burnished steel and is mounted with three brackets whose adjustable spacers make it possible to change the position of the top. The burnished sheet steel surface base gives the surface additional stability and strength, whilst the base of the stone support is finished with a shaped tip of black plastic.