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March 6, 2012

From powder-coated steel to polished tree stumps and the toned-down camp of Lucite to Eames-era wire legs, these petite beauties—under $250 apiece—carry more weight than your average tchotchke catchall.

Timber table by Gus Modern

Timber Table

Occasional tables can afford to be less expensive than their oversize furniture bretheren—but it does not mean they have to skimp on design. This month, Dwell is giving away one Timber Table by Gus* Modern, a transluscent accent piece printed with a wraparound woodgrain pattern that mixes organic with cutting-edge contemporary.

Ripple Side Table

Ripple Side Table

A smooth, graphite-on-oak surface tops bent stainless steel legs in this dignified charmer from perennial favorite Blu Dot. 

Faceted mirror table by west Elm

Faceted Mirror Table

This edgy, angular Faceted Mirror Side Table’s antiqued mirror surface reflects and refracts light, creating dimension and lightening up the look of any room.

Kalon Studios Stump Side Table


An elevated fascimile of the treestump, this table is raw, unfinished, and sustainable, as it's made from FSC-certified domestic ash or maple and polished to a smooth finish.

Acrylic Drink Table CB2

Acrylic Drink Table

While we'll always cherish the Lucite waterfall table archetype, this jaunty yet incognito little number holds a newer, I-shaped place in our hearts. 

The Future Perfect Balloona Side Table by Natalie Kruch

Balloona Side Table

Originally designed for Umbra, Canadian designer Natalie Kruch's Balloona stool is a slap-happy choice for an affordable side table. For a 3D Jackson Pollock effect, 500 deflated balloons are stretched across the table's square frame.

products and furniture knee high to a budget DLM side table by hay1

DLM Side Table

The DLM table by Thomas Bentzen for HAY is an acronym for "Don't Leave Me," a reference to the carrying handle that makes it easy to move around.

Ikea Black Trollsta Tray Table

Trollsta Tray Table

The Trollstra injects a dose of Dorothy Draper–meets Scandinavian design into the end table genre; the classical turned legs are topped with a clever, removable tray.

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