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10 Easy Pieces: Modern White Cafe Tables


10 Easy Pieces: Modern White Cafe Tables

Janet Hall August 25, 2010

While in Seattle this summer, I made my annual visit to Inform Interiors and spotted the Tom Dixon marble-topped screw round table. The table is stunning—a modern industrial take on the cafe table that is at once glamorous and utilitarian, practical yet luxurious. My encounter with the Tom Dixon table inspired me to round up a collection of high and low-priced favorite round tables—perfect for an eat-in kitchen, an office, or as a multifunctional table in a family room. N.B. Several are available in a range of sizes.


Above: Finnish architect Eero Saarinen's iconic pedestal table, designed in 1956, is a design classic. The Eero Saarinen Round Dining Table with white laminate top is $1,721 from Design Within Reach for the 42-inch size. The table has a white laminate top with molded case aluminum white base; other sizes, finishes, and tabletop materials available.

Above: Tom Dixon's Large Marble-Topped Screw Table can be adjusted in height by simply spinning the top. The tripod base is crafted of cast iron with an aluminum thread. Measuring 35 inches in diameter, the table has a maximum height of 33.26 inches; $2,000 at ABC Carpet and Home.

Above: Misewell Modern's Half Nelson Cafe Table features a powder-coated MDF top over steel leg brackets that interlock with the solid wood base construction. The top is available in cream with a choice of locally grown walnut (shown) or maple base. Measuring 36 inches high with a 29.5-inch diameter, the Half Nelson Cafe Table is $1,175 at Design Public.

Above: The Blu Dot Sprout Cafe Table has a powder-coated top with brushed stainless steel legs and measures 36 inches in diameter and 28.5 inches high; $799 at Design Public. Also available in black or yellow.

Above: Designed by husband and wife team Massimo and Lella Vignelli in 1994, the Knoll Paperclip Medium Round Cafe Table is available in several finishes (the 1-inch-thick white laminate top is shown above) with a base made of cold-rolled steel rod. Measuring 36 inches in diameter and 28.13 inches high, the Knoll Paperclip Medium Table is $1,213 at All Modern. Other sizes are available.


Above: Made of engineered wood with a smooth white lacquer finish over a white powder-coated metal base, the simple Odyssey White Dining Table measures 39.5 inches in diameter and 30.25 inches tall; $199 at CB2.

Above: The compact West Elm Tripod Table measures 30 inches in diameter and height and features solid wood legs and a lacquered medium-density fiberboard top; $199 at West Elm.

Above: Ikea's Billsta Cafe Table has a heat- and scratch-resistant melamine-coated top and steel base. Available in two sizes: the large is 46.5 inches in diameter for $219.99 and the small is 27.5 inches in diameter for $109.99.

Above: Ikea's PS Kvarnsten Table features powder-coated steel legs and a powder-coated fiberboard top. Measuring 43.25 inches in diameter and 28.75 inches high, the table is $189.

Above: Crate and Barrel's 42-inch-round Ypsilon Table with Y-shaped legs is made from solid rubberwood and low-emission engineered wood with a high-gloss white lacquer finish; $299.

Above: Ikea's Docksta Table is 41 3/8 inches in diameter and coasts $149; the table features a fiberboard top with steel base.

For more table ideas and inspiration, see "10 Easy Pieces: Modern Farmhouse Dining Tables."

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