Design Within Reach Coffee Tables
DWR Exclusive As the founder and principal designer of Stua ( solo tengo un amor , or I have only one love), Jesús Gasca is driven to improve the habitat in which we live. For 30-plus years, his company has produced commercial-quality, eco-friendly furniture for clients worldwide, from the W Hotel in Seoul to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. From its simple lines to its slim, elegant design, the Marea Table (2012) is yet another fine example of Gascas handiwork, featuring a beveled top affixed to a sturdy base. Marea blends seamlessly into most any living or office area, offering plenty of room for everyday items. Use individually or in multiples to form playful configurations. Made in Spain. Materials: MDF top with walnut veneer or white laminate; five-star polished or black powder-coated steel and aluminum base. Measurements:H 15.75" Diameter 31.5"
Though he’s known as the “master of chairs,” Danish modernism pioneer Hans Wegner didn’t entirely neglect the other categories. Applying his signature organic, minimal form, the Wegner Coffee Table (1954) is perfectly balanced on three legs, defying gravity with its visual lightness. The solid walnut table has a clear lacquer finish, allowing the natural warmth of the wood to come though and requiring minimal maintenance. The table's compact size makes it versatile enough to be used in front of or next to the sofa or as a bedside table. Made in Denmark. Materials: Solid walnut with clear lacquer. Measurements:H 17.5" Diameter 30.75"
DWR Exclusive With a nod toward the midcentury designs of Arne Hovmand-Olsen, we created the Skagen Table Collection (2009), which includes a Coffee Table and set of Nesting Tables. The smooth edges and tapered shapes of the Coffee Table recall the popular surfboard tables of the 1960s, furthered by the fact that the tabletop appears to hover over the frame, supported by simple brass spacers. The lower shelf on the Coffee Table has a lip on all four sides to keep books and magazines in place, and the ends of the table are slightly sculpted, maintaining flow from one part to the next. As with any natural material, slight variations in the texture and color of the wood are to be expected and are not defects. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Solid walnut frame; solid ply tabletop with walnut veneer; brass spacers. Measurements:H 17" W 50" D 20"
Director of design at Herman Miller from 1945 to 1972, George Nelson helped make the company what it is today. He not only recruited influential designers Charles and Ray Eames and Isamu Noguchi but also created a portfolio of work that helped shape and grow modern design. Providing a balanced combination of style and function for homes and offices alike, his Pedestal Coffee Table (1954) is adaptable to many spaces and uses. From living room to waiting room, this table accommodates everything from vases and mugs to books and magazines. It features the clean lines and elegant simplicity typical of Nelson, with a round top covered in laminate or veneer mounted on a polished or white aluminum base. Self-leveling glides adjust to uneven floor surfaces. This is the authentic Nelson Pedestal Coffee Table produced by Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A. Materials: MDF top; white laminate with maple edge, white ash veneer or palisander veneer; polished or white powder-coated aluminum base. Measurements:H 16" Diameter 28.5"
After earning a degree in furniture design from Leeds Metropolitan University in England, Marc Krusin moved to Milan to launch his career. He cofounded the design group Codice 31 and has collaborated with Piero Lissoni, Kartell, Flos and Knoll. In 2008, the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design included Krusin in Europe 40 under 40, an annual list of the most promising and emerging design talent in Europe. Seeing a need for simple and sophisticated guest seating and occasional tables, he created his Krusin Coffee Table (2011) with glass or marble top. The strong geometry of this piece is softened with radius and chamfer details. Suitable for contract use. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Ash, oak, walnut or ebonized oak frame; mortise-and-tenon construction; glass or satin-coated Arabescato marble tabletop. Measurements:H 10" W 36" D 36"
DWR Exclusive Atlanta-based industrial designer Chris Hardy, who made his design debut at Salone del Mobile in 2011, created the sculptural Helix Coffee Table (2012) for DWR. He gave it an odd number of legs and positioned the brass castings to radiate out from the center, resulting in a distinctive asymmetrical form that looks different from every angle. For Helix, I was inspired by the challenge of personalization in the modern world, and the increasing desire that we have to own objects that match our own styles and philosophies – in the way that art does, explains Hardy. Made by hand, the cast brass base has a natural finish thats soft and not highly polished; minor pitting and irregularities in the brass are typical of the casting process and are not defects. Thick and durable, the annealed glass tabletop is slowly cooled in a kiln to relieve internal stresses after its formed. Leveling glides adjust for uneven floors. Simple assembly required; no tools necessary. Base made in India; tabletop made in U.S.A. Materials: Cast brass; solid walnut; glass. Measurements:Round: H 15.75" Diameter 35" Square: H 15.75" W 35" D 35" Oval: H 15.75" W 53" D 35"
Furniture that is too obviously designed, said Milo Baughman, is very interesting, but too often belongs only in museums. While we could certainly see his Drum Table (1970s) in a museum, it would earn its place there for its simplicity and lack of unnecessary ornamentation. Distilling the idea of an occasional table to its simplest form, Baughmans cylindrical design draws you in with its smoothness and warmth. It features seams that are painstakingly welded, ground and polished by hand until they blend in as much as possible. Once constructed, Drum is coated with bronze, oxidized and hand-relieved to give it a unique patina, eschewing the sterility of machine-made pieces. It includes leveling floor glides to compensate for uneven surfaces. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Steel with brushed bronze finish. Measurements:H 17" Diameter 36"
In a 1956 Time magazine cover story, Eero Saarinen said that the underside of typical tables and chairs makes a confusing, unrestful world and he was designing a new collection to clear up the slum of legs in the U.S. home. Later that year, he completed his Pedestal Table (1956), whose form was inspired by a drop of high-viscosity liquid. This iconic table features a cast-aluminum base with abrasion-resistant Rilsan finish and a solid marble, wood veneer or laminate tabletop. Each is stamped with the KnollStudio logo and Eero Saarinens signature. This is the authentic Saarinen Pedestal Table by Knoll. Base made in China; tabletop made in Italy or U.S.A., depending on material. Stone masters carefully select marble with the best composition and veining to create tops for marble Saarinen Pedestal Tables. Please rest assured that each ones unique markings are not imperfections but rather the very traits that make it a true one of a kind. Coated marble tops have a glossy polyester coating, and satin-coated marble tops have a matte satin polyester coating; both types help protect against stains. Materials: Cast-aluminum base with Rilsan® finish; solid marble, wood veneer or laminate tabletop with beveled edge. Solid marble: Arabescato (white with heavy grey veining), Calacatta, Nero Marquina or Verde Alpi (green with black and white veining). Wood veneer: MDF with cathedral-grain cherry, ebonized walnut, oak, walnut or Pau Ferro rosewood veneer. Laminate: MDF with laminate. Measurements:H 15.25" W 42.25" D 27.5"
Charles and Ray Eames had ideas about making a better world, one in which things were designed to bring greater pleasure to our lives. Its been more than 70 years since the duo began experimenting with molded wood, using their Kazam! Machine to press thin sheets of wood veneer against a heated membrane that was inflated by a bicycle pump. As the designers pushed the material as far as it could go, they continued to explore and discover, surrendering to the design process that ultimately led to the perfection of their signature molded plywood shaping technology. The Molded Plywood Coffee Table (1946) is yet another embodiment of that technology. This is an authentic Eames product by Herman Miller. Eames is a licensed trademark of Herman Miller. Legs ship unattached; simple assembly required. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Molded 5-ply tabletop and 8-ply legs with walnut, white ash, or ebony-painted ash veneer. Measurements:H 15" Diameter 34"
Charles and Ray Eames had ideas about making a better world, one in which things were designed to bring greater pleasure to our lives. Its been more than 70 years since the duo began experimenting with molded wood, using their Kazam! Machine to press thin sheets of wood veneer against a heated membrane that was inflated by a bicycle pump. As the designers pushed the material as far as it could go, they continued to explore and discover, surrendering to the design process that ultimately led to the perfection of their signature molded plywood shaping technology. The CTW1 Rectangular Coffee Table (1946) is yet another embodiment of that technology, with gently curved legs, available in a range of finishes. The elegant simplicity of this coffee table demonstrates the designers commitment to honest materials and techniques. This is an authentic Eames product by Herman Miller. Simple assembly required. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Three-ply laminate top with walnut or white ash veneer edges and base or three-ply ebony, walnut or white ash veneer top with matching edges and base. Measurements:22 x 36: H 14" W 36" D 22" 22 x 48: H 14" W 48" D 22"
George Nakashima regarded cabinetry and woodwork as a noble art form – a view evidenced in the pieces he designed for Knoll. His Splay-Leg Coffee Table (1946) exhibits his gifted sense of grain, texture and balance. The veneered walnut or hickory top has a reverse slip-matched cathedral grain, which allows the table to be placed facing either way. Mortise and tenon joints and brass hardware secure the top to the angled solid walnut legs, creating a simple, heirloom-quality modern classic. Nakashima referred to himself as a Japanese shaker, expressing the belief that his designs should be treated as everyday functional objects, not precious possessions. The Shaker influence can be noted in his extraordinary skill at crafting wood, a material he approached with great reverence, saying, A tree is our most intimate contact with nature. A signature plate on the underside of the table attests to its authenticity. Manufactured by Knoll. Materials: Walnut or hickory veneer; solid walnut; brass hardware. Measurements:H 17.5" W 37.25" D 32.25"
DWR Exclusive Educated throughout Europe, Gordon Guillaumier earned his bachelors and masters degrees in industrial design from Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) and the Domus Academy, respectively. From there, Guillaumier apprenticed with Baleri Associati before starting a collaboration with architect and designer Rodolfo Dordoni. In 2002, he opened his own design studio in Milan, specializing in product and interior design. His alluring Cage Table Collection (2010), like many of his other works, is marked by its subtly flowing geometry. These tables feature precision-shaped one-piece bent steel bases that transition smoothly into platforms for their laminate tabletops, which are created by infusing numerous layers of paper with thermosetting resin and subjecting them to high pressure and heat. Fashioned to withstand years of heavy use, laminate surfaces boast exceptional resistance to scratching, staining, temperature extremes and sunlight exposure. Theyre also a cinch to clean. Made in Italy. Materials: High-pressure laminate top; painted bent steel frame. Measurements:H 12.5" Diameter 39.25"
DWR Exclusive Upon receiving a masters degree in industrial design from Pratt in 2005, Brad Ascalon was recognized by Wallpaper* magazine as one of the Ten Most Wanted emerging designers in the world. He grew up immersed in art and design, with his grandfather and father both being sculptors. In creating this collection, he was inspired by Atlas, the Greek mythological character condemned for eternity to carry the heavens on his shoulders. Translating this into a physical object, Ascalon was intrigued by the challenge of making an elegant frame that could carry the weight of solid stone or thick glass. The Atlas Table (2012), like Atlas himself, exemplifies strength and endurance. Top made in China; base made in U.S.A. Materials: Solid North American black walnut base; solid marble or glass tabletop Measurements:H 15.5" Diameter 37"
DWR Exclusive British industrial designer Terence Woodgate is a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI), the highest honor awarded to designers in the U.K. Hes known for his obsessive attention to detail, which is beautifully illustrated in his Unison Table (2011). Visually simple, this two-tier table is actually quite complex in its design. In place of fasteners and external hardware, Unison uses a lower shelf as the structural component to hold the legs firmly in position. Its glass tabletop rests on neoprene pads, and Woodgate had to be sure to get the weight just right to make the pads grip sufficiently. Visible through the tabletop is the lower shelf with exquisitely cut half-sawn wood veneer. Made in Slovenia. Materials: Tempered glass top; MDF shelf with walnut or ash veneer; solid walnut or ash legs. Measurements:H 13.75" W 39" D 39"
The expressive sculptural forms of Eero Saarinen’s furniture can also be found in his architecture, from the TWA Terminal at Kennedy Airport to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis to Dulles International Airport. In 1940, the Finnish American and his friend Charles Eames took first prize at the Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition at MoMA. Later that decade, when Florence Knoll challenged Saarinen to create a chair that she could curl up in, she had found the right candidate for the task. The Womb Chair (1946) has an enveloping form that continues to be one of the most iconic and recognized representations of midcentury organic modernism. By applying foam molded over a fiberglass shell, Saarinen created a single-piece form that perfectly facilitates a relaxed sitting posture. Manufactured by Knoll according to the original specifications of the designer. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Reinforced fiberglass shell; plywood platform; polyester fiber padding with foam core; steel rod frame with black powder-coated or polished chrome finish; stainless steel and nylon glides; fabric or leather upholstery. Cato: KnollTextiles Cato fabric (86% wool, 14% rayon). Classic BouclÃ©: KnollTextiles Classic BouclÃ© fabric (52% wool, 48% nylon). Melange: KnollTextiles Melange fabric (88% wool, 12% nylon). Sonnet: KnollTextiles Sonnet fabric (100% polyester). Volo: SpinneybeckÂ® semi-aniline leather. Measurements:H 35.5" W 40" D 34" Seat H 16" Arm H 20.5"