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February 14, 2013
For the third installment in our table design series, (see the Dining Table series here and the Kitchen Table series here) we focus on the hardworking coffee table, center of everything from meals to mail to books to tired feet. Here are eight of our favorite coffee tables that are sure to live up to their serious furniture responsibility. Next up: The Side Table.
REK wooden coffee table by Reinier de Jong

Whether you’re serving morning coffee for two or a pizza party for a gaggle of friends, this wooden coffee table by Reinier de Jong does triple duty by expanding its square inches with surfaces that tuck away when not in use.

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The U Trek coffee table is a reformulation of the Bensen U Table by designer Niels Bendtsen. Its clean lines and mobility result in a piece that simultaneously floats and anchors in a room.

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coffee table that morphs into a dining surface in two simple motions

The MK1 from Duffy London morphs from a coffee table into a dining surface twice the size, all in two swift motions.

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Low in profile, the Edo Coffee Table from retailer Thos. Moser Furniture could not be more simple. The wide, planked legs are hewn from solid cherry panels, then grain-matched and joined at a compound angle, and polished to luminous softness. The result is a graceful balance of loft and mass, both modern and classic, and sized to fit in any room.

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Though designers Jerad Mack and Shane Pawluck hail from the vast Canadian prarie, inspiration for their Eyeful coffee table came from a well-known landmark in France's capital city. The geometric shapes in the hardwood latticed base hold up the glass plate top, and the piece's low profile should appeal to those unable to scale the real deal in Paris.

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When painted large on the exterior of a warship, the graphic black-and-white stripes on this low table “dazzle” and confuse the eye of the enemy. Uhuru used teak from the deck of an authentic World War II vessel to create this coffee table inspired by the material’s storied nautical past.

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Part coffee table, part storage bin, this blue Usame table by designer Patricia Urquiola will add style to any room. The vegetal patterns add Art Deco nostalgia to the modern translucent construction, making the table suitable for almost any decor.

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Geo Low Table by Arik Levy

An oldie, but goodie from Arik Levy, the Geo Low coffee table is available in three sizes. Arrange an archipelago, or leave solo. We love that this design comes in a powder-coated aluminum version for outdoors, or a more classic wood finish for interiors.

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REK wooden coffee table by Reinier de Jong

Whether you’re serving morning coffee for two or a pizza party for a gaggle of friends, this wooden coffee table by Reinier de Jong does triple duty by expanding its square inches with surfaces that tuck away when not in use.

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