Other stores have aped the success of West Elm, which is currently poised to become a $2 billion brand and has recently buoyed parent company Williams-Sonoma, whose other brands (Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma) have struggled post-recession. Some of its imitators, like Joybird, have doubled down on the mid-century modern aesthetic, added free shipping, and advertised like crazy on Facebook, effectively positioning themselves as a West Elm alternative; several respondents named it (or “that fake mid-century modern company whose ads are all over Facebook") as where they’d likely purchase their next large-ticket item.

I do understand the challenge with children – I have two little boys myself – and I am also extremely aware that they don’t see pieces of furniture, soft furnishings, woven carpets, textural wall-coverings as sacristan, or at least in the way we do. They like to draw on walls (I’ve had this happen to me…sob, sob), to put stickers on every possible surface aside from the sticker book and to mush red Playdoh into ivory silk-piles (frightful scream). They also don’t always fully agree with – potentially arguable – surplus furniture. So how can a coffee table work with kids?


Yes. The most common size hole for an umbrella table is 2 1/2" at the center, though you’ll need to let us know the exact size you’ll need when you place your order. If the size of the hole you need is different from one of the standard sizes we offer listed below, or in a location other than the center of the table, you’ll need to provide the diameter along with the location in an email or drawing. The cost may be higher for a customized hole. Please keep in mind that we do not offer the plastic cover that goes with such a hole. If you want more than one hole drilled into the same piece of glass, we’ll need to follow specific tempering guidelines.

Dishes come in standard sizes, which are set according to the manufacturer. They are similar throughout the industry. Plates are standardised in descending order of diameter size according to function. One standard series is charger (12 inches); dinner plate (10.5 inches); dessert plate (8.5 inches) salad plate (7.5 inches); side plate, tea plate (6.75 inches).
If you have a large comfy sectional or the traditional conversational set up with a sofa and a couple of chairs (kind of like Ginny’s living room above), a square table is a great choice. It fits perfectly in the L-shape nook of your sectional or the big space in the middle of your chat zone. The best part of a square table? You get the most styling space bang for you buck. Who doesn’t love a good styled coffee table vignette? If you’re really into the terrazzo trend that popped up late last year, check out #9 from West Elm. We also really like the mix of the square top and round base of table #1 for a play on shapes. Similar to the shadow box table we talked about in the previous section, #2 from IKEA has a draw with four sections, and the glass top lets you see all the pretty things you decide to store (definitely not the best option if you know you’ll just end up junking up that drawer with remotes and catalogs, though). 

There’s a couch that’s in the backdrop of so many of my childhood photos, and if I concentrate, I can feel its texture: a bushy velvet, soft and pliant. Slate blue with white leafy fronds. It was passed down to my parents in the early ’80s, when they were living in Minneapolis, from my grandparents, who’d had it in their basement — purchased sometime in the 1950s.
Most of the coffee tables tend to be different and are made to suit people's individual preferences and personal tastes. Also, when it comes to the wooden coffee tables, they suit any theme of the home and give a perfect sense of elegance and comfort to a living room whereas the glass table fits well into a living room where the decor seems to be modern and minimalist.
We really liked the natural color of this walnut wood, so wanted to keep it as light as possible after sealing and finishing. That's typically quite difficult, especially with darker woods like walnut that really like to absorb finishes and get even darker. But, where there's a will there's a way! In this case, we used a flat, water-based finish from General Finishes that seals and finishes wood perfectly; because it's a water-based finish, it doesn't alter the wood color too much! As always, test your finish before you commit to it. We tried five different finishes before settling on this one. 

I’ve sifted through thousands of contemporary coffee tables on offer, to find you the very best available at a range of price points. There are even some cheeky sale buys! After all, it’s not always about what you spend, it’s about choosing the right products and how you dress and style them (more of that in another post). Ultimately, a coffee table allows to you integrate style on a lower level within your space. It’s a central focal point within a grouping of furniture – something to use and admire.
Besides wood tables, Metal coffee tables are quite popular nowadays. Similar to wood tables, metal tables are weighed lighter and are sturdy too. Generally, the legs of the metal tables are narrower below than the top. They are patterned in unique designs making the table look stylish. Metal being a tougher material it gives better support than wood. With its smooth surface, water-resistant quality and ridgeless look it is a good choice for the coffee table.
One of the key components of any living room is the coffee table. It is set right in the center of all happening, usually standing right next to the sofa, holding a tray of baked goods, books or other decor pieces. It is an element that has a big functional purpose, but how it looks plays a very big role. It can be a piece that completely matches the rest of the interior or the one piece that stands out. A glass coffee table is incredibly flexible with its ability to blend in and stand out at the same time. It brings elegance and transparency to the room, sending the message of purity and simplicity.

The Noguchi table became one of Herman Miller's most iconic and successful designs. Production ceased in 1973, and the piece became an instant collectible. Herman Miller reissued it in 1980 in a limited edition of about 480 tables. The table was reintroduced again in 1984 for the "Herman Miller Classics" line, and has been in production ever since.[1]
How many hours do we put into choosing the perfect sofa, the perfect rug, the perfect chairs for our living room…only to throw in a hand-me-down coffee table that used to belong to Aunt Susan? (bless her heart). Okay, we don’t all go down the who-cares-about-a-coffee-table route. Plenty of you have definitely belabored the choice of a table, we’re sure, but regardless of what side of those scenarios you find yourself, you might need some guidance or inspiration in the coffee table shopping department. What size and shape go with what sofa size and shape? It might feel like a shot in the dark, but fear not, we’re here to help. We’ve put together a shopping guide jam-packed with options—round, square, rectangular, oval!—and a few rules to keep in mind (with a diagram!) when choosing a coffee table.

Create a sleek appearance in your bedroom with this Upholstered Platform Bed. This platform bed features a Japanese inspired style and it has an upholstered headboard. The bed is also paired with two matching nightstands, where you can keep night lamps or utilities. It can give an instant update for a modern home decor. The frame of the bed is wood, which ensures years of durability for it. The headboard of the bed is upholstered in eco-leather.
Coffee tables are crafted from all sorts of beautiful materials—iron, glass, you name it. To pick the one that’s right for you, first consider three things: the overall aesthetic of your room, your color palette, and how it’ll be used. Will it be purely decorative? (Try glass!) Hold books or serve as foot rest? (Think: sturdy wood or soft upholstery). Here, we outline all your options.
Since glass is transparent it does wonders in broad daylight. The sun rays go right through it, resulting in a well lit room that isn’t weighed down by the furniture but actually feels bright and luminous. If you like your space to be filled with as much light as possible, almost giving away the illusion of being outdoors, a glass table should be on your top priority list!
Trying to decide between keeping a space cool and well-lit? With a ceiling fan like this, there's no need to choose! Perfect for a modern look in any ensemble, this piece features two fan blades crafted from clear acrylic glass that feature a curving design. For an added bright touch, this piece includes an integrated LED behind a frosted glass shade. Designed to keep larger spaces cool, this piece features six speeds, and includes a remote control.
Furniture is a signifier of taste, an indicator of both social and physical mobility, a testament to one’s stage in life. And all of those thing have changed, some of them dramatically, between our parents' generation and ours. The styles of furniture, and what’s fashionable, have always been evolving, but the sociological shift in where it fits in our lives is dramatic and telling. Simply put, we think of furniture differently — which is, in truth, a way of saying that we think about the trajectory of our lives differently.

Loo tables were very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries as candlestands, tea tables, or small dining tables, although they were originally made for the popular card game called loo or lanterloo. Their typically round or oval tops have a tilting mechanism, which enables them to be stored out of the way (e.g. in room corners) when not in use. A further development in this direction was the "birdcage" table, the top of which could both revolve and tilt.
When it comes to good lighting, your fixture can make it or break it. Find the light you love with this wall sconce! Affixed to your wall on a square plate, this piece exudes mod appeal in your arrangement. An aluminum cylinder directs light up and down from any medium-base bulb up to 60 W (not included), while a wet location rating makes it ideal for your outdoor ensemble. Plus, as a bonus, it comes backed by a one-year manufacturer’s warranty. 

The modern steamless espresso machine was invented in Milan, Italy, in 1938 by Achille Gaggia,[195] and from there spread in coffeehouses and restaurants across Italy and the rest of Europe in the early 1950s. An Italian named Pino Riservato opened the first espresso bar, the Moka Bar, in Soho in 1952, and there were 400 such bars in London alone by 1956. Cappucino was particularly popular among English drinkers.[196] Similarly in the United States, the espresso craze spread. North Beach in San Francisco saw the opening of the Caffe Trieste in 1957, which served Beat Generation poets such as Allen Ginsberg and Bob Kaufman alongside Italian immigrants.[196] Similar such cafes existed in Greenwich Village and elsewhere.[196]
I live in a small city apartment, so I didn't even think I could put a desk in my space. This desk is perfect. It is not tiny; it actually is quite roomy, but it's minimalist design makes it appear to take up far less real estate in a room. The glass top gives it an even airier feel. I place a couple of inexpensive clear drawer inserts (bought on Amazon) in the large shelf, and it is now very functional.

Dating to the 1970s, coffee has been incorrectly described by many, including historian Mark Pendergrast, as the world's "second most legally traded commodity".[136][137] Instead, "coffee was the second most valuable commodity exported by developing countries," from 1970 to circa 2000.[138] This fact was derived from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Commodity Yearbooks which show "Third World" commodity exports by value in the period 1970–1998 as being in order of crude oil in first place, coffee in second, followed by sugar, cotton, and others. Coffee continues to be an important commodity export for developing countries, but more recent figures are not readily available due to the shifting and politicized nature of the category "developing country".[136]
If soup is the first course, to the left of the dinner plate, moving clockwise, are placed a small salad fork to the left of the dinner plate; a large dinner fork to the left of the salad fork; a side plate above the forks; a wine or water glass above and to the right of the dinner plate; a large dinner knife to the right of the dinner plate; a smaller butter knife to the right of the dinner knife; a dinner spoon to the right of the knives; a soup spoon to the right of the dinner spoon.
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Rattan also called Wicker is a good choice for patio furniture. They are also preferred for home furniture for their tranquility feature. The upper part of the tables smooth, making it easy to place things over the table without toppling. The color shades of the wicker make the furniture look unique from rest of the other stuff. Mostly rattan tables are found in gazebos or in open lounges.
Besides wood tables, Metal coffee tables are quite popular nowadays. Similar to wood tables, metal tables are weighed lighter and are sturdy too. Generally, the legs of the metal tables are narrower below than the top. They are patterned in unique designs making the table look stylish. Metal being a tougher material it gives better support than wood. With its smooth surface, water-resistant quality and ridgeless look it is a good choice for the coffee table.
Canned coffee has been popular in Asian countries for many years, particularly in China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Vending machines typically sell varieties of flavored canned coffee, much like brewed or percolated coffee, available both hot and cold. Japanese convenience stores and groceries also have a wide availability of bottled coffee drinks, which are typically lightly sweetened and pre-blended with milk. Bottled coffee drinks are also consumed in the United States.[126]
I splurged on a decent mattress set from a small local store whose name I can't recall. My mom bought me a coffee table from Amazon, I think, and it held up surprisingly well for several years. I got a rickety, cheap dining table and folding chairs from Ikea and a semi-decent computer desk from World Market. Nothing handed down, because my family was on the other side of the country. I didn't have a car, either, so thrift shopping for large pieces wasn't possible.
Hm...this gross story reminds of a scene from Joseph Wambaugh's cop novel "The Choirboys." At a drunken party (there's a pool and the rowdier element are swimming nude) a disgusted female officer strips off her wet bikini bottom and just wearing a robe, sits down on a table...a GLASS table. She hears weird sucking noises coming from somewhere; parting her legs she sees a drunk fellow officer underneath the table slurping her poon through the glass. The outrageous incident becomes part of police folklore and the drunken officer becomes A Legend In His Own Time.

According to the listing in Victorian Furniture by R. W. Symonds & B. B. Whineray and also in The Country Life Book of English Furniture by Edward T. Joy, a table designed by E. W. Godwin in 1868 and made in large numbers by William Watt, and Collinson and Lock, is a coffee table. If this is correct it may be one of the earliest made in Europe. Other sources, however, list it only as "table" so this can be stated categorically. Far from being a low table, this table was about twenty-seven inches high.


The shipment arrived this afternoon and I am sooo delighted. Thank you so much for rushing this cut out right before the long three-day holiday weekend! My tiles are being installed tomorrow and it made it on time. Not only that, it is beautifully cut and polished. Thank you, thank you so much. You have out-priced and out-delivered any glass/mirror vendors that are located near me by many days!
Inspired by iconic mid-century modern design, this task chair brings sleek sophistication to your home office ensemble. The stylish seat features a bentwood shell in a rich walnut woodgrain finish, while its cushioned surface is upholstered with easy-to-clean polyurethane leather upholstery. Sporting a gleaming chrome finish, the metal five-point base includes a 360° swivel mechanism and five hooded caster wheels, while a lever-operated pneumatic lift adjusts the seat height from 18.5" to...
Yes. The most common size hole for an umbrella table is 2 1/2" at the center, though you’ll need to let us know the exact size you’ll need when you place your order. If the size of the hole you need is different from one of the standard sizes we offer listed below, or in a location other than the center of the table, you’ll need to provide the diameter along with the location in an email or drawing. The cost may be higher for a customized hole. Please keep in mind that we do not offer the plastic cover that goes with such a hole. If you want more than one hole drilled into the same piece of glass, we’ll need to follow specific tempering guidelines.
Demographics bear this out: 30% of those between the ages of 20 and 29 will now spend time abroad; less than 60% of Americans now live in the same state they were born in. That may seem like a lot, but according to US Census Data, it was almost 70% in 1950. General mobility is up, in part because the time between graduation from high school or college and “settling down” is expanding: The average age of marriage has risen to 27 for women and 29 for men (in 1990, it was 23 for women and 26 for men in 1990), and the average age of motherhood has risen from 24.9 (1990) to 26.3; the average age to purchase a house has risen to age 33.

Anchor your living room in clean contemporary style with this Moore Living Reversible Sectional. Founded on a solid pine wood frame, this sectional strikes a classic L-shaped silhouette with a wedge back and a clean-lined steel base for a sleek modern look. The whole sofa is enveloped in brushed polyester microfiber upholstery. Rounding out the design, four toss pillows offer added comfort and support.


The 1947 Herman Miller catalog described the Noguchi coffee table as "sculpture-for-use" and "design for production".[1] The base was carved from solid walnut, and consisted of two identical parts; when one part "is reversed and connected to the other by a pivot rod, a base appears which has a smoothly flowing form and an interest rarely found in furniture of any period".[1] The shape of the two wooden supports produces a self-supporting and stable base, allowing the heavy plate glass top to be placed without the use of connectors.[1]
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