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December 19, 2013
Picnic tables. They work well inside or out, and they conjure happy memories of lazy summertime afternoons spent with friends and family. They're also simple and not fussy, and they allow for clear sight lines though a space. Put another way, they are perfectly at home in the modern world. Here are some graceful picnic-style tables from Dwell's archives.
Modern picnic table in Marin County, California

The landscape designer Loretta Gargan and her partner, the artist Catherine Wagner, frequently host dinner parties on the patio outside their house in Marin County, California. The table and benches are from Modern Outdoor. Photo by Morgan Rachel Levy.

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Originally appeared in Charming Weekend Cottage Renovation in Marin
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The Half Full table and bench by Ross Gardam

The Half Full table and bench shown here in this bungalow in greater Melbourne, Australia, are by Ross Gardam. Photo by Peter Bennetts.

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Originally appeared in Modern Australian Bungalow with a Victorian Ash Facade
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picnic-style table in Moose Lake, Wisconsin

Backless picnic-style benches stand in for chairs at the refinished Milwau­kee Public Library table in Roger Scommegna's weekend getaway in Moose Lake, Wisconsin. Photo by J.J. Sulin.

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Originally appeared in Four Walls and a Screw-Top
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Backyard picnic table in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Sarah Baird and her children, Bo and Sky, read at the picnic table behind the house that her architect husband, David, designed for them in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Photo by Roy Zipstein.

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Originally appeared in Baton Rouge Oasis
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picnic-style table in renovated Airstream trailer

With the classic Murphy bed as inspiration, Japanese architect Toshihiko Suzuki transformed a standard Airstream trailer into a versatile small wonder. The sides of the picnic-style table fold down and connect with benches to create bases for twin beds. Photo by Sadamu Saito.

Originally appeared in Hide and Sleep
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picnic-style table in renovated San Francisco house

The solid French oak dining table and bench that Nicole Hollis designed for the house that she renovated in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood were fabricated by B Serota Furniture and Architectural Design. Photo by Ben Mayorga Photography.

Originally appeared in Table Manners
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Picnic-style bench in Norfolk, England

Carl Turner made this 20-seat table—shown here in his converted barn in Norfolk, England—from a birch-core, black phenolic-faced plywood, a waterproof material more commonly used to form concrete. The film-coated ply comes cheap, making it ideal for this kind of experiment. Photo by Christoffer Rudquist.

Originally appeared in Barns Ennobled
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Picnic table in Los Angeles

The courtyard behind Hadley and Peter Arnold's renovated house in the Beverly Glen section of Los Angeles serves as an outdoor living room, where their daughter, Josie, plays freely, safe from nearby traffic. The family dines here most of the year at the custom-designed wood-and-steel picnic table. Photo by Catherine Ledner.

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Originally appeared in Compound Addition
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Modern picnic table in Marin County, California

The landscape designer Loretta Gargan and her partner, the artist Catherine Wagner, frequently host dinner parties on the patio outside their house in Marin County, California. The table and benches are from Modern Outdoor. Photo by Morgan Rachel Levy.

Photo by Morgan Rachel Levy.

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