The coffee table is the undisputed centrepiece of the living room. It’s the point around which guests and residents relax and converse as well as being the most convenient surface in the room and arguably the house. Surely, then, the humble living room table deserves more of our time and attention. In these turbulent times of contagion and quarantine, we suspect we’ll all be spending rather a lot more time in our own homes, so why not make it a more pleasurable experience? We’ve rounded up our favourite wooden coffee tables, marble coffee tables and more from names like Menu, Mater, MILLION and Hem – otherwise known as the masters of minimalism.
As we said, the coffee table can be considered the centrepiece of the living room, so use it to make a statement. Menu’s Black Plinth Low Table is the marble coffee table we’ve been dreaming of. In signature Menu style, this modern coffee table takes design to its most simple form, resulting in a dramatically minimal marble plinth that’s as valuable as a sculpture as it is a functional table. At once the most minimal feature of a room and the one that demands the most attention, this table is a timeless addition to any minimal interior design.
Designed by Space Copenhagen, the Mater Accent Oval Lounge Table combines a sculptural and handcrafted aesthetic. The Accent collection follows the same bloodline as the popular 2009 Mater High Stool but instead is crafted from FSC-certified oak wood. An oak coffee table never goes amiss, especially when it takes the flowing, natural shape of this one, each joint smoothed to perfection.
A steel frame holds up a black oak veneer table top and a floating under-table magazine shelf cut from sleek black aniline saddle leather. The defining characteristic of the Mies Lounge Table is its carefully and inconspicuously rounded edges – an elegant solution to the problem of sharp table edges encountered by families, including those of the designers themselves. This large square coffee table is definitely the focal point of a room and takes more space than our other choices, but you’ll benefit to no end from a coffee table with storage.
Designed by Staffan Holm, Hem’s Alle Coffee Table embodies the designer’s interest in the poetry of handcraft as well as the possibilities afforded by modern technology. A history of carpentry and making cabinets has led to the refined woodwork that characterises the Alle Table. This round coffee table comes in three different sizes and looks great when arranged in a set. Easy assembly makes this an irresistible choice when it comes to updating your Scandinavian-style interior design.
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