Table Manners: 10 Examples Of This Fantastic Furniture At Play
Whether their purpose is to hold your dinner or function as surfaces on which to place decorative items such as vases and books, tables are an integral part of any decor. They combine utility with beauty, offering the best of both worlds.
Tables also provide endless design possibilities: they can be composed of virtually any material, including glass, steel, wood or plastic; they can differ greatly in size, texture, and colour, and while some are mobile others are built directly into a home.
With such diverse physical properties tables make the ideal furniture since they can be changed or moved easily, adapt to new trends or set their own.
Here are 10 examples of tables at their most creative and artistic.
1) Classy & Glassy
An example of mixed materials at their finest. Here, the combination of flawless, symmetrical glass is counterbalanced by the irregular and organic wooden base, lending this table a striking visual beauty that celebrates contradiction.
2) Part Of The Wall
Another example of mixed materials, this table is built right into the wall and exhibits a minimalist attitude. While neither long nor wide, it provides intimate seating for two and is perfect for romantic dinners.
In addition, its brick leg matches the tone, texture and colour of this somewhat solemn interior.
3) Inventive & Eclectic
This one of a kind coffee table resembles an aerial work platform or extended scissor lift you might find at factories and construction sites. Here, it adds another industrial element to a setting which is already overflowing with similar warehouse-inspired decor, such as the pendent lamps of steel and stark gray colour palette.
4) Go With The Flow
This old-fashioned half-barrel fits perfectly into the nautical theme of this apartment, reminding us of the precious cargo stolen by pirates of the high seas.
5) Interesting Geometry
When we look at this photograph the first thing which grabs our attention is the coffee table. And for two very good reasons: 1) its hexagonal shape. 2) It's the only colourful item in this room besides the cat pillow.
Although it's not the most important piece of furniture present, this table is certainly the most distinguishable.
6) Crystal Clear
At first glance it's easy to miss the table on the floor. Not only is it very low, but its clear glass surface reflects the incoming light, making it somewhat invisible.
However, upon closer examination we appreciate the beauty of its base, the rising and falling wood contours or the subtle transparency of its glass top.
7) Teeming With Tables
Not one, not two, but three tables (or four if you count the big one in the background). This home employs multiple pieces, all composed of wood yet varying widely in shape. The result is attractive, but in such a vividly colourful and eclectic interior the three tables enhance rather than dominate their environment.
8) Furniture Or Luggage?
How do you define a table? Does it need to have four legs, a flat surface and be made of wood? Not really. This home uses a table in the shape of vintage luggage to bring some style to an already fashionable interior.
9) Cool Curves
Simple in form and minimalist in its use of material, this gorgeous table brings some welcome curves to a mostly rigid and symmetrical decor.
10) More Than Meets The Eye
A sleek, ultramodern table of black glass which enfolds a second table made of wood. This fusion of old and new materials, the traditional and fashionable is reinforced by the opposing directions of either table, highlighting their conflicting styles and attitudes.
Ultimately, however, the two tables blend into a singular unit, achieving a new aesthetic that sets them apart.
Ten remarkable tables. Some made of wood, others made of glass, and in certain cases a combination of both materials. The sheer variety of textures, colours, shapes and styles allow these common pieces of furniture to adapt to any environment, and while their main purpose is holding everything from breakfast to books, their flexibility allows for endless artistic expression.