Yves Klein's Table Bleue

Yves Klein's Table Bleue

Nancy Mitchell
Mar 6, 2013

Yves Klein is probably best known for his signature shade of blue and for the paintings he created using naked models as paintbrushes, but he also made a foray into the world of furniture design. The result was his Table Beue, still in production (and available to the public for the modest sum of $22,500).

The table is essentially a plexiglass box, supported by metal legs and filled with pigment in Yves' international blue. It also comes in pink (the Table Rose) and Gold (the Table Or, filled with 3,000 sheets of gold leaf).

I first became acquainted with the Table Bleue when I spotted it in Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin's Manhattan Apartment. I was intrigued by the combination of modern materials and bold color, but I assumed it was a one-off piece of art, the sort of thing mere mortals like myself could never aspire to. Then they started to pop up in my Pinterest feed, in other rooms in other apartments. Was I the last person in the world to not have an Yves Klein table?

A visit to 1stDibs solved the mystery — the Yves Klein tables are produced today by Artware, and you can have one in your home with a few clicks, if you possess the financial resources. For the rest of us, Scraphacker suggests a DIY involving a plexiglass box, metal furniture legs, and colored sand. Has anyone every attempted something like this? I'm a bit worried I'd be tempted to pry the top off and start playing with the sand, but I suppose that's part of the appeal of the table to begin with — it's arty and playful all at the same time, a bit like Yves himself.

Edited to add: Apartment Therapy contributor Rachael Grad spotted the Yves Klein table a few years ago, and some intrepid commenters suggested that 'filled with blue pigment!' be adopted as a catch phrase. Which I think is a great idea.

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