Furniture for the Food

Furniture for the Food

Great dining room tables

By Michele Foley

No matter how impressive the meal is, a dinner party is more fun around a beautiful table. In the first of what will be a monthly housewares roundup, CHOW has focused on our favorite dining room tables.

BLU DOT STRUT TABLE, starts at $1,099
For a change from wood tones, the Strut Table comes in four colors, including watermelon (pictured) and robin egg blue. The frame is steel, and the top is lacquered fiberboard. Its pop of brightness can make a smaller room look larger.
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CHERNER ROUND TABLE, starts at $1,799
You’re probably familiar with the Eames molded plywood chair, which begat Norman Cherner’s more elegant version in the 1950s. Cherner’s sons reintroduced the chair in the 1990s, and they’ve now produced a table to match.
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DUCDUC DINING TABLE, starts at $4,500
There’s a roomy storage area beneath the family-friendly tabletop. And the walnut surface panels can be flipped over to reveal whiteboard panels on which you can draw.
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NICK DINING TABLE, starts at $1,199
A midcentury modern take on the classic farmhouse table. The wood on the edges is left exposed and unstained, providing a counterpoint to the bent plywood legs.
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ORIGINAL SCRAPILE TABLE, starts at $2,926
Two Brooklyn designers, Carlos Salgado and Bart Bettencourt, scavenge other designers’ scraps, laminate the pieces together, and create beautiful, sleek, environmentally friendly tables with one-of-a-kind striations.
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SAARINEN DINING TABLE, starts at $1,342
This pedestal table, introduced by Eero Saarinen in 1956, looks mod but works surprisingly well with everything from shabby chic to minimalist d├ęcor.
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SHAKER DROP-LEAF TABLE, starts at $565
Whether your style is rustic or modern, this simple Shaker table will fit in. The drop leaves allow it to accommodate narrow dining spaces, or to double as a side table.
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Michele Foley is CHOW’s editorial assistant.