Furniture Design Series: The Coffee Table

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February 14, 2013
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  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.  Courtesy of PETER VAN DIJK.

    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.

    Courtesy of PETER VAN DIJK.
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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.

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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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  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.

    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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