Designer Coffee Tables: Where Art Meets Function

Designer coffee tables are often the focal points of luxury and design focused interiors. Used in almost every home and office, a beautiful or daring center table promises to be an heirloom piece that brings iconic style and can knit together a space whatever your interior décor style: classic, traditional, minimalist, contemporary, and even eclectic. An investment in functional artwork, the coffee table’s smaller scale allows us to be more daring. Even though they are absolutely utilitarian and for serving cocktails or tea to one’s guests, designers love using coffee tables to display of collectibles, porcelains, vases, flowers, and art books.

A perfect vignette crowned by a gorgeous white Magic Forest Chand ceiling lamp by Lladró and an artful display of white porcelains from the Equs line on a biomorphic center table, combining understated classicism with modern forms. Artful combination of materials is the hallmark of modern designer coffee tables, like this glass and wood center table.


Designer Coffee Tables: Art Sculptures

A coffee table is the perfect place to display fine porcelains and artwork. A popular and elegant trend is the pedestal style coffee table, a perfect display for your fine art, or collectibles or even just that lovely espresso.

It’s fascinating that these seemingly simple furniture pieces are in fact the subject of great modern artistic and designer innovation. Throughout the last sixty years, top designers have continually reinvented this functional yet focal piece of furniture and interior designers and collectors continue to choose their coffee tables with both discretion and daring.


From the elegantly molded plastic pieces created by the mid-century American duo Charles and Ray Eames to the most iconic of all designer coffee tables – Isamu Noguchi’s glass and wood piece which gracefully marries the abstraction of form with the contrasting materials of glass and wood. In terms of designer tables, hands-down the Noguchi table is a favorite and maybe the most influential and classic of all designer coffee tables. Noguchi’s table’s history is important to the legacy of designer tables to this day. In 1939, art collector and president of the newly founded Museum of Modern Art, Mr. A. Conger Goodyear commissioned Noguchi to make a table, and this first version was sculptural and made of rosewood and glass.

In 1944, the luxury furniture maker Hermann Miller would produce a more distilled version that emphasized a more geometric aesthetic and interlocking wood.The Japanese-American’s design considered to be one of the most successful examples of modern biomorphic furniture design and continues to inspire contemporary interior decorators and designers today, particularly those whose center tables appear almost like sculptures.


Designer Coffee Tables: Bold Trends

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Bold combinations of materials and shapes are the way to go when choosing bold new coffee table arrangements. Lladró’s green and white theme expresses a sense of exotic luxury, combining textures and materials like velvet with ornate wood, pedestal center tables draped in gold showcasing the unique porcelain pieces like the gilt vase from the Naturofantastic collection contrasted with modernist artistic arrangements on glass and wood tabletops.

From its mid-century roots of creativity, experimentation, and the use of unusual and contrasting materials, designer coffee tables are a staple of every interior and the perfect combination of art and function.

Designer Tip-When it comes to designer coffee tables: chose something unusual and daring as a sure way to bring art into your living space.