Where there is a sofa, there is usually a side table or coffee table, and the latest arrivals are essential acquisitions for those with a penchant for innovation. The Sax side table by Christoph Böninger for Classicon is an excellent case in point. Perfect for small living spaces, Sax features a scissor frame fixed to elements that can be moved along the table’s edge, thus enabling the piece to be transformed from a low side table into a high serving trolley.
Underlying the ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ sentiment is Nathalie Teugels’ Hang It table for Serax. A side table with an integrated magazine hanger, it was inspired by Teugels’ love of magazines and her frustration at not having dedicated storage for them.
Certainly, new ways of living demand new design solutions. That’s the philosophy behind Zeitraum’s Plaisir table by German duo Claudia Small and Jorg Kurschner of Formstelle, which comprises a low, three-legged solid wooden frame supporting a removable top that can be used as a tray for serving tea and coffee.
Menu agrees with this philosophy. Its Cage table by Stockholm studio Form Us With Love combines a beautiful marble top with slender steel legs that cross over each other to form a cage. Position it next to your sofa or favourite armchair and fill the cage with magazines, art books or blankets.
The responsibility of hiding storage in the living room often falls to the sideboard (or credenza, as it is also known). For the best in the business, check out Jonathan Adler’s spring-summer collection. Standout pieces include the Antwerp credenza (think French ’ 50s limed furniture reimagined in a 21stCentury idiom) and the Nouvelle credenza, which features a pared-down sunset pattern inspired by pop art super graphics and Mother Nature herself.
Blend Collection Joi bench by Meridiani. Available at Caspiou
Jonathan Adler’s Nouvelle credenza features a sunset pattern inspired by pop art
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