Coffee tables are often used in an informal, relaxed setting. Although they are most commonly found in living rooms or executive lobbies, coffee tables can be used outdoors as well, providing gardens, terraces and balconies with effortless elegance and sociable charm.
Take ‘Stack table’ by Borja García for Gandía Blasco, a round, understated table with bent, aluminium legs. ‘Valetta coffee table’, designed for Point by Esther Campos, is a hexagonal, traditional design that looks as if it is woven from cane, even though it is made from lacquered aluminium in order to increase its durability. A-cero’s ‘Wing table’ by Vondom is part of a formally expressive range, made from plastic. This organically shaped coffee table can be complemented with stools, wing chairs, and even a tall bar table from the same collection.
On the other end of the spectrum, we have Javier Mariscal’s ‘Piedras’ for Magis, a plastic coffee table from rotational-moulded polyethylene that resembles an abstracted boulder. Expormin’s ‘Tunis Side table’ is a rounded, glossy fibreglass disk. Chris Martin’s ‘Tio Square Coffee Table Metal’ has a delicate, steel rod base with a square top, though there are variants with round or triangular table tops from either metal, laminate and even marble.
Niko Kralj’s ‘Rex Coffee Table teak’ is a folding, midcentury design made out of weather-resistant teak, wheras Kenneth Cobonpue’s ‘Hagia’ coffee table features a basket-like base from aluminium supporting a round, glass table top. Meanwhile, Marcel Wanders’s ‘container bowl top’ for moooi is a large, polyethylene bowl with a lid, together they can function as a coffee table. James Irvine uses glued, White Carrara marble for his square ‘Lino 35’ coffee table, which is manufactured by Marsotto Edizioni.
Finally, for those with a penchant for traditional ornaments, Oxley’s Furniture’s ‘Brownian Oval Coffee table’ is an aluminium, bronze-coloured design with cabriole legs and textured, patterned surface. Conversely, Marc Newson’s ‘Orgone Table’ for Cappellini is a smooth, oval, lacquered-fibreglass coffee table available in six bold colours.