Ly­ing low

Though close to the ground, cof­fee ta­bles should make their pres­ence felt in a de­sign scheme.

Belle - - Belle Loves R I Ght Now - Edited by LUCY MCCABE

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In­spired by choco­lates and their cen­tres, Dy­lan Far­rell’s ‘Mod­ule’ ta­bles for Jean de Merry, POA, com­bine aged and pol­ished brass and can be stag­gered to suit the room lay­out. DY­LAN FAR­RELL of Dy­lan Far­rell De­sign says cof­fee ta­bles are his favourite func­tional de­sign el­e­ment. “Most of­ten, I would first select the floor fin­ish, then the rug and then the cof­fee ta­ble. Where floor­ing sets the ‘stage’ for a room, a cof­fee ta­ble sets the nar­ra­tive. It pre­dicts if not pre­de­ter­mines the mood of a space. Sec­ond only to art, a cof­fee ta­ble can be the most flex­i­ble dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ment. Flow­ers on a cof­fee ta­ble are not my pref­er­ence, as the low height makes them feel mis­placed and meek. I would in­stead use moss or other low plants. I pre­fer books and boxes, as the clean geometry does not dis­tract. My ul­ti­mate pref­er­ence is to have a ta­ble in­ter­est­ing enough to stand alone or to part­ner with a sin­gle artis­tic or or­ganic ‘friend’, so the two can have a dy­namic di­a­logue.” dy­lan­far­rell.com

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