Meeting room tables are usually smaller scale affairs than conference tables. After all, a meeting room accommodates a limited amount of participants for a limited amount of time. Any table, provided it fits the space, will do, and it is up to the client to decide which suits his or her tastes and requirements the best,
Even tables as small as Jean Prouvé’s classic ‘Guéridon’, a round, rational, wooden, meeting room table, manufactured by Vitra, can be used to facilitate smaller gatherings. Verner Panton’s ‘Panton’ meeting table by Verpan is another small round table, with an MDF top, and a single metal leg, both united in a smooth, white finish.
Those wishing for more room, and a tabletop of their choice, should look to Zieta’s ‘Koza’, a system of two robust, but light, steel trestles, which can be combined with any top surface. Norman Foster’s ‘Nomos’ for TECNO combines a meticulously detailed, hi-tech metal skeleton and a wide choice of tabletop materials, such as wood, marble, concrete and glass. Piero Lissoni experiments with glass in ‘Oscar’ for Glas Italia, a large, impossibly slender, transparent meeting room table.
Other well-established meeting room tables are Le Corbusier’s, Pierre Jeanneret’s and Charlotte Perriand’s Cassina-made ‘LC10-P’, a combination of steel and glass, which is available in a range of Purist colours; and Charles and Ray Eames’s midcentury ‘Eames Table’, which combines a veneered top with a cast aluminium base, today manufactured by Vitra.
In contrast to these, many contemporary designers choose to pursue sculptural form, such as Andrea Parisio’s ‘Martin’ meeting table for Meridiani, a solemn, minimalist exercise whose two console legs are punctured by circular voids. Karim Rashid’s ‘Vertex’ for Vondom has a robust, crystalline foot holding up its angular tabletop; while Clemens Wisshaar’s and Reed Kram’s ‘Countach’ meeting table for Moroso uses crinkled, interwoven steel ribbons as a base.
Finally, Rud Thygesen’s and Johnny Sørensen’s ‘2000-Serie’ meeting table for Magnus Olesen is a prime example of democratic design, where small, understated, wooden modules can be joined into a great variety of arrangements.