Sup­port­ing acts

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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

Serax table­for HangIt ls’ Teuge lie Natha

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