The chief requirements of elderly care tables are mostly functional: durability, stability, hygiene and safety are of the utmost importance. While this might eliminate some more experimental designs, the featured selection of tables proves that style can certainly be combined with substance and expert craftsmanship.

Consider Steffen Kaz’s and Catharina Lorenz’s ‘Fizz’ table for Bedont, a stable, circular design with three legs and playfully irregular cross bars. The table’s rounded edges, solid wooden frame and high-quality laminate top makes it an ideal furnishing not only for elderly care facilities, but also canteens, cafés and other public places. Another Bedont-produced table is ‘Size&Size’, an orthogonal design with a slim wooden tabletop and seamlessly attached prismatic legs.

Manufacturer Helland provides a wide range of tables suited to elderly care, such as the sturdy, laminate-topped ‘Wing table’ with steel T-feet, available in an oval or a rectangular variety; or Aldrid Svein Alnes’s and Helge Taraldsen’s ‘Bo dining table’ fashioned wholly from wood with an integrated height-adjusting mechanism. Helge Taraldsen’s ‘HM270 Trolley table’ is a wooden, castor-mounted desk with a top whose height and slope can be adjusted, creating a supremely practical design.

Thore Lassen’s ‘Pure table’ for Randers+Radius combines angular frame from tubular steel with height-adjustable feet and a shatter-proof glass tabletop. Kai Stania’s ‘grace Rund-Tisch’ table for Wiesner-Hager is a circular, wooden table with four elegantly slim legs and rounded, smooth joints, while guimeràicinca’s ‘Feel table’ for ARLEX design features delicately branching steel frame which ensures stability and whose elegant appearance would not make it look out of place in a managerial office or a minimalist home.

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