By Lucy Thompson

Coffee Tables – Ten Favourites

Coffee Tables

As designers we are often asked advice about coffee tables. It’s a really important piece of furniture that can pull together a whole room, providing a focus that’s practical as well as being a beautiful item to treasure, which is more often the point than having a place to put your remote.

A coffee table is a piece of furniture that will see constant everyday use. Make sure to choose a style that suits your space, that will be easy to clean, maintain and keep looking fresh in the long run.

Here are our top picks for this year, so look no further than these practical (and stylish) pieces of furniture to compliment your living space.

1. Habitat – NESTOR – £595.00
(Also available with White or Black Marble Top – varying sizes)

This coffee table packs a punch for the price tag with its clean architectural lines. It is available in numerous sizes with a luxurious marble top in three colours. With a wide choice of sizes you’re bound to find the right one to work in your living space. We tend to go for bigger coffee tables so they really make a statement. What’s not to like?

2. Maisons Du Monde – AMANDE – £378.50

For those of you who like something a little more refined and delicate but still retaining interest, these Mango Wood nest of 2 table from Maison du Monde fit the bill rather well. We do think there is a gradual move back towards elegant furniture that is a little less dominating and more grown up. Practically these tables are great as you can use them together or separately if you are entertaining a larger group of people. We think it’s a snip at the price.

3. Gallotti et Radice – Cookie (Oval) – £3,420.00

We love this table. It is an heirloom piece but the mix of brass with the two-tone geometric marble is both striking and screams quality. The colours are both on trend and classic and they will go perfectly in both minimalist and maximalist interiors – depending, of course, on what you mix them with. They are available in 3 sizes – priced here is the medium one at 105cm x 62cm x 28cm high.

4. Andrew Martin – Bhilai – £1,350.00

A large handcrafted round coffee table with a mango wood top and a detailed black iron base. Bhilai is named after the Steel City of India and is inspired by the intricate textile looms found there. The spool and thread-like detailing of the base adds delicate interest and contrasts against the full wood top. It is a real statement piece which certainly invites you to gather around it with an aromatic chai.

5. Ligne Roset – Soft Mag – £919.00

This coffee table merges a low table with a magazine rack – perfect for those who like to see smooth clean surfaces. The combination of materials: the ash top brings warmth to the steel base but the fabric magazine rack (choice of 3 colours: anthracite, noir, bleu canard) adds a touch of softness to a linear design.

6. Roche Bobois – Aqua – £4,600.00

This coffee table despite appearance is super practical, the top is an innovative acrylic resin that has a silky touch but withstands scratches, abrasions, heat as well as fingerprints! It is also water resistant and all cleaning products can be used on it. A perfect coffee table for households that tend to have sticky fingerprints and lego scratches in the most random of places.

7. Vincent Sheppard – Rondo – £528.00

This is coffee table is great for living rooms that need that extra bit of hidden storage. The look as pictured does lead you to believe that it would be better suited in a more country home environment, but the beauty of Vincent Sheppard is that the base comes in a choice of over 27 standard colours or you can have it matched to a RAL colour choice. Meaning this coffee table can certainly add texture to a slick contemporary interior.

8. Chaplins – Illusioni – £1,335.00 (90 X 90 X 40)

We love this stylish glass coffee table designed to give the optical illusion of a multi-dimensional piece of furniture. Then with the addition of decorative objects or books it really brings it to life. Obviously as the top material is glass you would have to keep it sparkling to maximise the clean lines and negative spaces it creates.

9. Boca Da Lobo – Empire – £10,332.00

This is certainly a statement piece and at the price it certainly must be! The inside of the table itself is hand crafted from solid mahogany wood which is easier to carve enabling the makers to create those amazing brass plated ravines in the surface. The surface of the table is covered in poplar root veneer which again is hand applied. It’s nearly a work of art instead of just a coffee table.

10. Graham & Green – Theo – £550.00

This lovely low-rise coffee table is finished with a parquet style top, giving a classic feel to this contemporary piece. Crafted in mango wood, this piece has a white-wash finish and gold trim around the edge and on the table legs for a touch of glamour. Plus, at the price, its amazing value for a piece that certainly won’t date in any interior.