What comes to mind when you hear the word
table? To take a guess, most people would say a horizontal plank, and four legs. But the reality is, despite its simple makeup, a table is much more than just five pieces put together. If we think about the history of a table, it dates back to Ancient Egyptian times, and were used to keep ceremonial objects off the floor, followed by the Chinese who used it for studying and working. Then, the miracle happened. Thanks to the Ancient Greeks and Romans, the table evolved into a piece used for eating and drinking, and soon became a luxury item fashioned from extravagant materials.
Nowadays, we have embraced the table as an essential part of our kitchens and dining rooms. They are the centre of discussions, the life-giver of entertainment and in many cases, the feature element of a room. Today, we are going to show you a series of tables which are extraordinary, out of the box and daring examples of tables. Our UK experts have taken the humble table and turned it into a work of art.
The Megalith table, by Duffy London, is one of those precious examples when a functional piece of furniture becomes art. The legs, which are also the support for the large piece of glass, appear to be falling like dominoes. A clever optical illusion is on display here, and even though a collapse appears to be imminent, the table is held up by basic physics principles. This is definitely one of those pieces that will have all your guests and family scratching their heads, questioningr how this dining table stays up! Aside from this obvious curiosity, the Megalith Table is a wonderful fusion of two beautiful materials—steel and glass.
A bespoke dining room table was created by the artistic duo Briggs & Cole. Titled the Losango Dining Table, this piece is a mixture of different artistic mediums, which come together to create a unique and special piece. On top of its wonderful sculptural quality, this table is extremely functional. The base and top have the ability to be separated from one another, meaning it can be easily transported if the need arises. If we look closely at the detail embedded into the table top, we can see an interesting collage of pictures laid out in a complex geometric pattern. The designers refer to this display as 'Arabesque', which is a term to describe the elements found in Islamic art and architecture. Another perfect example of art and industrial design marrying to create a stunning piece of furniture.
Benjamin Hubert is a talented design studio offering a broad range of products for both residential and commercial purposes. Mimicking the product we normally see atop homes as roofing, this table has been cleverly crafted out of super light corrugated plywood. It is easy for a person to lift on their own, and can be purchased with a clear conscious as the material comes from a sustainable source. Above all these features, we absolutely love the choice of colour. The tomato red will stand out in any contemporary kitchen or dining room space, providing an aura of excitement and fun!
The Fairy table by Kvadrat Meble is a one-off piece of furniture that can be custom made to order. The legs and table top are a colliding, yet complementary force to one another, and create a magical juxtaposition between two different wood finishes. The blue lacquer versus smooth sanded top, make this piece unique and exciting. Shown as a 90x90cm top, this table has the ability to be extended to 140cm, which means more of your friends and family can enjoy the eclectic and fun vibe of The Fairy Table!
Lastly, but definitely not least, is this detailed example of a three-legged pedestal table from Tom Cooper Fine Furniture. As you can tell from its fine features, the table has been masterfully handmade from Scottish burr elm timber and the inlay pieces created from rippled sycamore. Cleverly titled The Trinity Dining Table, the designers behind this piece are renown for bespoke timber pieces. Round tables are returning as a trendy item; they are best for conversation, sharing thoughts and lack hierarchical seating positions. This is the perfect round table for lengthy dinner parties, open conversation and of course, will wow your guests each time.
We hope that you have enjoyed these five wonderful examples of trendy and daring tables from our talented UK experts. Be sure to view their profiles in depth if you wish to learn more.