On Trend: End Tables Perch on Opposite Ends of Design
Sturdy or skinny and metallic or black, end tables for fall 2012 are going to extremes
The new end tables for fall 2012 clearly point in two opposite directions. On the one side, look for sturdy, wide tables in simple cylindrical forms: hourglass, barbell or stocky pillar. On the other, watch for legs so fine, skinny and dainty that you'd swear the tabletops might float away. Finishes are doing the same opposing act, either leaning toward bright, golden metallics or going the opposite way in flat, monochromatic black and white. Compare and contrast these fat and skinny tables to decide which trend you'll follow.
Sturdy: Jonathan Adler has taken a plunge into gold this fall with lots of gilded accessories. Use this glimmering table to gild your living room.
Skinny: Sweet curving legs add grace and air to an otherwise straight-up pedestal table. Its delicate form would balance nicely with more traditional furnishings.
Sturdy: This hand-carved table can double as seating. A pair in front of a plush sofa would be a great counterbalance and perfect for a glass of wine.
Skinny: With a silhouette like a martini glass, a gold table like this deserves the spotlight. Perch it near your most decadent plush armchair and drink that martini dry.
Sturdy: Such beautiful curves on this table — it would be elegant sitting by a tufted upholstered headboard. Pile it with a stack of books for added class.
Skinny: Something about the little legs on this table makes me think of tea and crumpets on a Saturday morning. It has a timeless elegance that will fit in almost any space.
Sturdy: Though this table has a metallic tone, its wide base and modern form keep it from feeling too precious. It's a welcome addition to the most modern of spaces.
Skinny: Ikea's PS collection strikes again with a simple pedestal table that feels like a timeless classic.
Sturdy: Hand-welded steel adds to the sculptural, artistic vibe of this mini monolith. It will easily provide added gravitas to an important room.
Ideabook published on Oct. 11, 2012.
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