An occasional table is a little decorative table. This term is used generically to embrace things like end tables, lamp tables, sofa tables , coffee tables, and so forth. The design and styling of an occasional table can vary widely, and many companies sell tables in sets which are designed to organise both with each other and with an existing design scheme. Most furniture companies sell occasional tables , and you can also bespoke order one if you can’t find a store model which meets your requires.
In order to be considered an occasional table, a table must mostly be small enough that it does not have an immensely practical use; it’s signified primarily for decoration or display. A small kitchen table, therefore, wouldn’t be an occasional table, since it is designed as a place to sit an eat, whereas a large coffee table would be an occasional table, since it used to display large format books and curios.
The Top Ten Occasional Table
“This is playful, but it is also very sophisticated,” says Timothy Whealon of the 20″-tall, 18″-wide table. The 2 opensided, interlocking cubes are bordered lacquered steel, with a sheet of extralight glass on top. He visualises a pair flanking a settee in an entryway, where the sculptural design would make a bold 1st impression.
Slim Round End Table
With its simple build and cheap price, this earns Lee Kleinhelter’s praise: “there is no better clean-lined and smart-looking piece for the money.” The 20″-tall, 15″-dia. table is usable in natural steel and a rainbow of lasting finishes-perfect for bringing a bright accent to a play area or covered porch, she says.
Pierre Chareau T- Stoll
“You can not fail a mistake with this,” says Whealon of architect Chareau’s 1927 classic. The lacquered-steel frame, 19″ tall by 16″ wide, is designed to bear weight (or weighty objects, such as art books); the gently curved oak tree seat comes in a range of stains, including black.
Faux Bois Side Table
“It’s a nice juxtaposition of iron and marble,” says Whealon of the white powder-coated base and honed top. “I like the organic quality of the fauxbois metalwork-it’s very redolent.” He sees the 21″-tall, 17″-dia. table next to a chaise longue, or a pair beside living room armchairs.
“Elegant yet minimized,” says Kleinhelter of this reclaimed-Douglas fir block coated in silver. “The finish is a glamourous touch, but the table does not postulate a high-glam setting,” she says, adding that it could work in an all-white room or as an unforeseen element in a traditional space. And at 19″ tall and 11″ square, it’s well suited to tight quarters.
Model AE Table
“I love the curve of the legs,” says Kleinhelter, admiring the refined 1970s design. “This would be at home in a stylish, formal setting.” The 23″-tall, 17″- dia. table is shown with a nickel-silver-alloy base and a marble top, which she says looks “both delicate and substantial”; a range of bases and tops is also available.
“A gorgeous Swedish-style piece, compact and well executed,” says Whealon. “Even the hardware has a nice patina.” The 29″-tall, 20″-wide table admits a drawer divided into compartments- ideal for a foyer or hallway-and a hidden candle stand. The paint finishes are spot-on, he adds: “This chalky gray-blue is hard to accomplish.”
This Neoclassical column with a thick top is absolutely proportioned, says Kleinhelter. She pictures the 27″-tall, 28″-dia. table designed with a vase in a foyer or large living room. “A design this strong should stand alone,” she says. In addition to gesso, shown, custom finishes are offered.
I- Beam Table
Taking its form from the constructionsite staple, this Lucite table has strong lines and a subtle presence, says Kleinhelter. “Because it’s transparent, it’s good for any space that has a lot going on.” Given the small scale-18″ tall by 12″ square-it can mix with low-slung seating and is a convenient place for a lamp or to set a drink, she says.
“Very open, very poetic, very simple,” says Whealon of this table, which reminds him of Art Deco furniture. “I like that it’s all one material-sycamore.” He would place the 22″-tall, 22″-wide piece beside a low sofa or upholstered chair, positioned to emphasize its crossed legs and shapely silhouette.