Console tables are tall, narrow side tables which are often found in the hallway. Both beautiful and practical, console tables are perfect for setting up displays to create a welcoming atmosphere, but also offer a small storage surface near the front door where keys, gloves and mail can be put down.
Therefore, even the most reduced console tables feature some kind of storage space. Marcel Breuer’s elegant, modernist, tubular steel ‘B 9 d/1’, designed at the Bauhaus in 1925 and manufactured by Thonet, offers a small shelf beneath the table top. Following in this practical spirit, Andreas Janson’s 2013 ‘Lowrider 56’, a reduced wooden console table, offers multiple compartments with sliding doors. André Schelbach’s ‘Smart’ console table for Yomei, a drawer held aloft by a slender, steel structure, incorporates charging docks for mobile devices and masterfully conceals the wires.
More minimal designs are available too. Yael Mer’s and Shay Alkalay’s wall-mounted ‘Deskbox’ for Arco is a narrow, discrete volume that can slide open diagonally to reveal storage within, and when opened it can even serve as a small desk. ‘STORCH’, designed by Nando Schmidlin for mox, is a thin, steel tray supported by with two slanted wooden legs, which can be simply placed against a wall without any additional support.
Going even further, Jasper Morrison’s ‘Mirror Mirror Consolle’ for Glas Italia mimics the archetypical form of a table, but as it constructed out of double sided mirror slabs, it dissolves into its surroundings. ‘Cricket’ console table, designed for Sovet by Gianluigi Landoni, is an understated composition combining thin, bent glass and a robust wooden beam, which hides a practical drawer.
A more austere, sculptural approach is evident in the bulky ‘Consolle BD38’ by Laurameroni. Conversely Opinion Ciatti ‘Graal’ dissolves the console table into a series of stacked, rectangular boxes, with the topmost elongated one serving as a tabletop, and the ones underneath offering storage.
Finally, in the more traditional corner, we have Kirsty Olby’s colourful ‘Chingeling sideboard’, or a more ornate ‘Trinity console’ by Boca do lobo, completing our short introduction to this small, but diverse, product type.