The coffee table is an expressive piece of furniture, it is social, we gather around it with family and friends. We talk and tell stories, watch TV, share time together. We place our drinks there, a glass of wine, a cup of coffee or a cup of tea. It will be where we reach for canapes or cakes.
Square, bronze frame, glass top
There is not a definitive style for the coffee table, its' style is as limitless or limited as your budget and imagination. The only limit I would put on it is the height. 18" or 46 cm is best, so it reaches the height of your knees when you sit so it is easy to reach for your drink or your laptop or your magazine or to reach for the..... which shape, which size, which material is determined often by the size of your living space and how much space you have in front of your sofa.
Rectangle, steel frame, glass top
When we are not entertaining it is pleasant to have a bowl of flowers, a collection of coffee table books, the latest issues of your favorite magazines, des objets trouve, nothing too high because you want to see the person sitting across or adjacent to you.
Packing palette, casters, a bucket of white paint
Miners railroad train cart, glass top
Electric wire spools, a bucket of white paint
In many conversations this week with my family, my sister was telling me she has to find a new coffee table, unhappy with the present one she was undecided what she should get. I think a guide, as always, would be to get the tape measure and measure how much space do you want to give to a coffee table and the next thing to consider is how much entertaining do you do. A couple of things to avoid are:
Much too low
Much too big
Noguchi table, always works with traditional or modern, sculptural, beautiful.