Restaurant tables form a fairly large and diverse product group. This diversity is prompted by different spatial requirements and aesthetic preference of both users and designers. However, 0ne of the common traits of all restaurant tables is a focus on durability and optimal performance.
For instance, ‘Fizz Table’, designed by Lorenz*Kaz for Bedont, is a small, round, all-wood restaurant table with three legs and a colourful, high-pressure laminate top. Similarly, Arne Jacobsen’s and Piet Hein’s classic ‘Model A603’ for Fritz Hansen, a larger restaurant table with a four-star aluminium base and a roughly circular top, can be finished in linoleum or high-quality wood veneer.
‘20-06™ Round café table’, designed by British architect Norman Foster for emeco, is a sturdy, yet elegant, aluminium design, suitable for interiors and exteriors alike, while Marcel Wanders’s ‘Drain Table’ for Cappellini is a large, turned, sculptural aluminium table with a conical hole in its centre, which is covered with a glass panel. In Alvar Aalto’s ‘Glasstable Y 805A’, a transparent, glass plate forms the whole, square tabletop supported by an elegant, laminated wood base.
Tokujin Yoshioka goes even further and designs the ‘Invisible table’ for Kartell, a transparent, study, square restaurant table, made wholly from moulded plastic. Le Corbusier’s, Pierre Jeanneret’s and Charlotte Perriand’s ‘LC11-P’ restaurant table for Cassina takes a wholly different approach: its cast-iron base with two feet and a thick tabletop, which is either made from walnut, or marble, celebrate materiality and solidity.
Jean Prouvé’s elegant ‘EM Table’ for Vitra is a sturdy, but visually light design with a wooden top and a metal base, and its slanting, triangular legs give it a dynamic look. Another approach is evident in Daniel Kern’s ‘Klopstock’ for Moormann, a large wooden restaurant table whose wooden supports can be slotted into the linoleum-covered tabletop in different positions, altering both the table’s appearance and its height.
Lastly, those wanting absolute freedom should look to Oskar Zieta’s ‘Koza II’, a system of light, sturdy, steel trestles, which form a perfect base for a flexible, variable restaurant table of any shape and size.