Tables

Animate Writing Desk

Hold onto your pants, dear, because this beauty is not stateside. I know, it’s so frustrating when not all beautiful things are available to us right away and without shipping fees, but, such is the nature of our world. So, if you live in a European country or if you have loads of cash, consider this writing desk by Young & Norgate. The sleek silhouette has its drawer mechanics exposed, making a feature out of the function. Sized for your correspondence needs (laptop or pen and paper), there’s adequate surface and storage space, with an optional cable well hidden into the back. Having a desk like this would make answering emails less of a chore and more of a pleasure, I’d think.
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Price: £2,449.00 - 2,679.00
Available from: Young & Norgate

Slope Desk by Jenk Design Office

I’m really digging this new Slope Desk by British via Norway designer Thomas Jenkins.

It gestures at traditional sloped drafting tables with a downward angled surface and adds two hinged doors revealing felt-lined compartments for storage and organization. Two included wedges create a level surface for holding pens and your favorite drink. Solid maple legs support a desk surface constructed from a mix of birch veneer MDF and plywood.
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Price: €1000.00
Availability: Buy Slope Desk by Jenk Design Office here

Stanley Console Table

Over the past few years, I’ve read (and responded) to quite a few emails asking about the Hola Y Adios Entry Table and where it might be found. Sadly, it seems to remain unavailable despite its apparent popularity. However, there is hope: look at this little new console table from Gus*. It measures 36″w x 32″h x 10″d, which is the exact same depth as the Hola Y Adios, and is a tad less wide (-4″) and tall (-3″). Plus, it’s got a rectangular recess to keep important things in place (like keys, phones, mail, etc.).
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Price: $575.00
Available from: 2modern

Primary Desk by Nathan Yong

This desk is an odd sort of fellow with its angles and points and slim drawers. Inspired by mid-century furniture in the designer’s childhood, the desk looks both classic and futuristic, which by no means is an easy task. Solid walnut makes for a sturdy frame with just enough worktop space for a small computer and writing space, and five drawers are available to squirrel away odds and ends. There’s also another thoughtful detail worth mentioning: the angle of the top drawers allow for the pitch of an open laptop.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,805.00
Available from: DWR

Easy Edges Low Table Set

For this Thursday’s design classic we have Frank Gehry’s Easy Edges Low Table Set. You’ll probably recognize these, as Gehry is well known for using cardboard to make several pieces (Wiggle Chair, Wiggle Stool) of the Easy Edges Collection. Of course, most the world recognizes Gehry for his architecture rather than his use of a rather humble material in surprisingly sturdy furniture.
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Price: $1,535.00
Available from: Hive Modern

Blox Mango Table

This table has the nice detail of asymmetric legs to set it apart from other clean lined dining options. Plantation grown solid mango wood makes for a warm wood grain, and the price of $499 means there’s some room in your budget for chairs too.

Seats six.
63″Wx36″Dx29.5″H

Purchase Information:

Price: $499.00
Available from: CB2

Metal Coffee Table

I’m loving the straight lines and simplicity of this metal coffee table. Made to order.

60″L x 16″W x 15″H
8-10 week lead time

Purchase Information:

Price: $850.00
Available from: Canvas

Leaning Man Console

I’d like to say this console would be easy to build, but I think that’s being more than a little optimistic. The leaning design cuts down on visual clutter, seeing as there are two legs instead of the usual four, which would help a small space appear to be just a little larger. There’s also a Leaning Man Side Table (£175.00) if you need a smaller sized occasional table. Designed by Frank Flavell for &then design.

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Price: £225.00
Available from: Brighton POD

Loop Stand Frames

Sure, the Loop Stand Table ($1,265.00) is an excellent choice for a dining or work table. However, if you’re on a tight budget, you might think about purchasing the Loop Stand Frames (2 pcs, $289.00) instead and then figure out an alternative top for yourself. (Personally, I’ve stained and sealed a plywood top for my own dining table for around $100 and been quite pleased with the results.)

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Purchase Information:

Price: $289.00
Availability: Buy Loop Stand Frames here

Saarinen Tables

“I wanted to clear up the slum of legs.” So said Eero Saarinen, designer of the well known pedestal (aka Tulip) collection, which includes a dining, coffee and side table.
Winner of the 1969 Museum of Modern Art Award, Saarinen’s collection is one of many iconic designs from the mid century.

To learn more about the designer, visit Eero Saarinen’s wikipedia page.
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Frame Coffee Table

More Iacoli & McAllister, except this time it’s not lighting. The Frame Coffee Table is available in a black or white powder coated base with a natural, white wash, or black wash top, and there’s also the Frame Side Table if you’re looking for a smaller occasional size.

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Price: $1300.00
Available from: Iacoli & McAllister

Keep Table

As you can probably tell from inspecting the photo above, this table is made from pieces of wood held together with metal bands. You’ll be happy to hear that those pieces of wood are leftovers from wood furniture production, and because of this, each table is unique. Winner of Muuto’s 2009 Talent Award, the table was a senior project of design students Petter Thörne and Anders Johnsson from Konstfack School of Design in Stockholm.

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Price: $4,350.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Trestle Desk

The budget-conscious among you might just appreciate the $399 price tag attached to this trestle desk. It looks pretty decent (considering), with hardwood legs and ash veneer over a MDF core (you can’t ask for fancier stuff than that without paying more).

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No longer available.

Design House Stockholm Twist Table

Update: Originally $500, this table is now on sale for $330 through emmohome.com.

Inspired by a clown spinning hula hoops, this table makes the most out of your floor space with multiple rotating shelves.

Size: 23.25h x 2.5″diam.
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Price: $330.00
Availability: Buy Design House Stockholm Twist Table here

Balls Table from Moooi

Balls. This is nothing new (2005), but I just noticed the other day that it folds flat for storage. So, in theory, it’s a luxury version of those horrible looking folding tables that have pinched all of our hands at one time or another and driven us nuts with their distinctive ugly appearance. (This looks so much better, of course, and costs quite a bit more, hence the term ‘luxury’ thrown in the previous sentence.)

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Purchase Information:

Price: $3,227.00
Availability: Buy Balls Table from Moooi here