5 Unique Coffee Table Designs
Bored with your traditional coffee table? Five top designers show you how to get creative coffee table style in your living room.
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Because the tables are light and small, Donghia moves them around frequently, stacking two for books and photo albums and leaving the third on its own to hold a cup of coffee. Or the trio can be spread throughout the room as mood and needs dictate.
"Everything in a room has to be flexible," says the designer and author of Donghia: The Artistry of Luxury and Style. "With small tables like this that are stackable, you can create something that works with the low seating that is becoming more and more popular now — or something higher, to work with a traditional sofa or banquette."
Although these Korean tables can be difficult to find in the United States, the concept could also be adapted to small Chinese or Indian tables, which are more widely available in major cities and online. Whatever the origin of the tables you see, look for shapes and colors that intrigue you, and don't be put off by a little wear and tear.
"The wood of these three tables is starting to crack a little bit over time, but that's fine," says Donghia. "It's all part of the patina."
Photo by Michael Mundy