The great complexity of manufacturing this table makes it an exceptional piece among the creations of Pierre Paulin. Indeed, the cut aluminum sheets are assembled like a goldsmith's piece. Only three copies were made out of an originally planned edition of thirty copies. At the same time, two similar tables of slightly different dimensions were made by the ARC workshops at the Mobilier National in 1981. One of them is kept at the Mobilier National, the other is part of the furniture furnishing the French Embassy. in Warsaw.
Born in Paris in 1927, Paulin made his début in the 50's. Known for his designs and installations (TV, Thonet, Bertrand Faure, Disderot, Artifort), he brought modernity to the Elysée Palace for President Pompidou in 1971. He designed all the furniture for the official office of François Mitterrand, and renovated the dining room for Jacques Chirac. At the same time, he founded ADSA with two associates, working on industrial projects (Calor, Allibert, Stamp) and brand image (Air France) as well as fitting-out railway stations (Gare de Lyon, Gare de Versailles Rive Gauche).