Dining tables paired with benches create an appealing sense of community and informality; here's a roundup of modern favorites.
Above: Made of solid English walnut, the Mash Studios LAX Edge Dining Table features a white-powder coated detail (visible at the top of each leg) and measures 72 by 36 inches; $1,250. The matching LAX Dining Bench is 66 inches long and costs $510; both are available at Velocity Art & Design in Seattle.
Above: Cisco Brothers Cobalt Dining Table is a reclaimed wood dining table that measures a generous 120 inches long and 31 inches wide and costs $2,325; the matching Cobalt Long Dining Bench is 84 inches in length and costs $1,550 through Cisco. Both are crafted of unfinished reclaimed Douglas fir; for additional retailers, click here.
Above: The 90.5-inch-long Big Sur Large Dining Table (other sizes available) is crafted of solid white oak with peg details and retails for $1,799. The 71.5-inch Big Sur Wood Bench is $799. Both at Crate and Barrel.
Above: Room & Board's classic Andover Dining Table is available in four choices of solid wood (oak, cherry, maple, and walnut) and in several sizes. The 60-by-38-inch table (shown above) is $1,399. The matching 46-inch Andover Wood Bench is $749 (both are also available in by-the-inch custom sizes).
Above: The versatile Kayu Teak Modern Dining Table can be used for indoor or outdoor dining. Crafted of solid planks of teak, it is 78.75 inches long; $1,800; the companion Kayu Teak Dining Bench is also 78.75 inches long and priced at $880. Both at Design Within Reach.
Above: Boston-based Lekker Home offers the Oak Kubus Table in six sizes, starting with a 55-inch length for $1,500. The matching Oak Kubus Benches also come in six lengths, starting with a 40-inch bench for $550. This range is also available in a teak finish. (N.B. For more dining bench ideas, see these outdoor benches.)
Above: On the other end of the spectrum is the high-end Cappellini Hope Dining Table and Hope Dining Bench designed by Italian architect Claudio Silvestrin. The 124-inch-long table and 62-inch-long bench are available in a choice of solid woods (including cedarwood) and five varieties of walnut; $6,476 for the table and $2,952 for the bench at Unica Home.
Above: The sleek De La Espada Wide Bench shown in white oak is available in two sizes; the small (55 inches long) is $2,825 and the regular (59 inches long) is $2,975. We would pair it with the De La Espada 535 Minimal Modern Dining Table in white oak, starting at $3,275 for the 62-7/8-inch-long rectangular table. Both at Velocity Art & Design.
For more modern dining table inspiration, see DIY: Dining Table with Painted Runner.