There’s nothing like adding an artful coffee table to make a big impact in the living room. So many styles, shapes and materials are available today that it’s easy to find a one that will add some drama to a space. Whether the
Quark Bronze is one of a limited edition
Modern and weighty, this imposing yet
Like a geometric mosaic, the Artide is a low table that is an art piece od hand-carved glass panels. Created by Ghiró Studios of Italy, the new design features a brass base and framing around each panel. The irregular pieces of brass on the surface are not just inlays, they are the table’s brass legs that extend up through the surface of the table. A limited edition of 12 tables was produced, along with two artists proofs. This is a spectacular table both from a distance for its shape and shine, and from a closer perspective for its artful details.
Cristina Grajales Gallery
Mexico City-based interior designer Gloria Cortina created this Mathias Coffee Table from hand-hammered patinated brass. The irregular geometric shapes fit together a bit like a puzzle but have a lot of versatility for an arrangement according to a specific space. Cortina generally works with
David Gill Gallery
Elegantly curving lines are characteristic of designs by the legendary
Dark and deeply veined, this marble coffee table by Hervé Langlais is from the Architectural Landscape Collection. It is made from Altissimo marble from Italy and inlaid with a geometric motif of polished brass. Its size is imposing and the brass detail is a more delicate counterpoint that draws you in to study the surface of the table, including the distinctive veining pattern. The table base is also polished brass.
OK, so technically this is a bench, also by Langlais, but we also love it as a
This marvelous vintage piece is a coffee table by Warsaw-born Jorge Zalszupin. The designer fled Poland for Romania, where he studied architecture before moving on to France and then Rio de Janeiro after WWII. The design is unique, with its rounded curves at the top, which are contrasted with the sharper angles of the end and leg shape. The top includes a hanging magazine rack, which is very different but also very functional. The wood is rich and glowing, a perfect example of a super special vintage piece of furniture.
The Propeller Table by Samuel Marx looks just like its namesake. The vintage piece was created circa 1945 and the propellers around the base are designed to display books. The small ledge at the bottom of each of the eight wood sections is meant to hold up a book. The base rotates, allowing access to all the books from any side of the table. This is wonderful for artbook lovers who would like to display their favorites more openly than in a stack.
Magen H Gallery
For a spectacular sculpture that just happens to also be a coffee table, look no further than this work by René Broissant. Created in 1970, the base is made from iron and its sweeping shapes support a hefty,
Striking in its simplicity, this coffee table by the renowned Gio Ponti is without a doubt a timeless piece. Designed around 1953, the oak and brass base supports a simple circle of glass, putting the unique intersecting design in full view. Ponti’s genius can be seen in his architectural as well as his design projects.
Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design
The Cloud coffee table by Barberini & Gunnell was created specifically for the Priveekollektie gallery. Made up of several separate forms, the table is made from orange onyx, supported by a base of solid brushed brass that has been coated to prevent oxidation. The artists said they “wanted to kidnap a cloud, slice it into thin sheets like it’s done with blocks of marble.” The rounded shapes and beautiful striations of the onyx, combined with the golden hue, do indeed conjure up visions of clouds. A very dreamy coffee table indeed!
A modern material joined together in an ancient way, the Medusa coffee table by Italian designer Andrea Anastasio is an assemblage of organic shapes, lashed together. The perspex pieces and chromed metal base are a contrast to the rounded forms of the sections and joining technique. Designed in 2018, Anastasio’s table is characteristic of his work, which reiterates “simple gestures or craft techniques like assemblage, weaving, collage, etc. or just by juxtaposing objects, underlining gestures and aspects of daily life that normally go unnoticed.”
Maria Wettergren Gallery
In another example of how simplicity can be striking, is this table from the Maria Wettergren Gallery. The cube frame that supports the base is deceptively simple but casts a geometric shadow that adds depth. Much like the shapes we drew in school to show depth, this table frame creates the same optical illusion in its shadow: To which side is the rectangle going.
From large and imposing tables to sleek, sculptural models and pieces that rely on simple geometry, artful coffee tables add more than just function to a living room. They add design flair and can be the focal point of the space in front of the sofa. Why go with a plain coffee table when there are so many specatcular design choices to make a room more exciting?