Lounge tables are indispensable part of a break area, providing a focal point during recess or informal meetings, thus creating a more inspiring, pleasant work environment. Due to these areas’ more casual atmosphere, the available lounge tables are often the same as coffee and side tables found in people’s homes.
One can choose from the well-respected, and always current, modern classics, such as Isamu Noguchi’s 1944 ‘Coffee Table’ for Vitra, a timeless composition of two rosewood, organically shaped supports and a tear-shaped, glass tabletop; or Le Corbusier’s, Charlotte Perriand’s and Pierre Jeanneret’s 1928 ‘LC 10 P’ lounge table from Cassina, a sober rectangular affair with steel supports and a glass table top.
Those with a penchant for Bauhaus design can look to Thonet’s ‘B 20’, a graceful tubular steel design, inspired by Marcel Breuer’s furniture. Another classic design is Charles and Ray Eames’s ‘1945 ‘Plywood Group CTM’, an understated, friendly, round table with slender chromed legs, again manufactured by Vitra.
Contemporary designs are no less imaginative, whether they refer to the past, such as Paola Navone’s ‘InOut 773’ lounge table for Gervasoni, a wooden lounge table with moulded, turned legs; or stay squarely contemporary, such as KFF’s ‘Nl’, a tubular steel frame which bends around to accommodate a leather magazine rack. Jasper Morrison also uses a traditional form for his ‘Nezu’ lounge table, but materialises his design in acid-etched, glued glass.
Dina Rey’s ‘Roark’ for DEGAS is an angular lounge table from a single perforated, folded metal sheet, while Kenneth Cobonpue’s ‘Noodle End Table’ is a small, round side table with a glass top, and a wonderfully irregular, looping support made from rattan.
Taking a sculptural approach, Björn Mulder’s ‘Jack’ lounge table for Palau is an austere, massive wooden lounge table with a thick, square tabletop and a cross base; while MORGEN’s ‘Wood’ is a thick slice of a tree trunk resting on minimal metal legs. Lastly, Karen Chekerdjian’s ‘Spaceship1’ is an irregular, black crystal, which is simultaneously a lounge table, a bench, and a sculpture in its own right.