StyleFile #20: The Perfect Table

Don’t get me wrong, I love the looks of our dining room table. The only problem with it is that we are constantly bumping the legs with our feet. If I had to do it over, I would have gotten an Eero Saarinen table instead. This beautifully designed table was created in 1956 by the Finnish-born architect. He was innovative by using the then-new materials aluminum, plastic and fiberglass. His table features a round or oval top made of marble, wood, or laminate that’s supported by a cast aluminum base. The flared bottom makes it stable. Still in production, this table is now considered a modern classic.


The Eero Saarinen table is both sculptural and yet nondescript enough to make it perfect for modern as well as traditional interiors.


One of my favorite designers Tom Scheerer used two Saarinen tables- one by the side of the sofa (look carefully at the far left) and another as a coffee table.


When space is precious, this table does the job. Paired with the table is another classic- Bentwood chairs.


A modern kitchen is also a great place for a Saarenen table. Here a custom banquette follows the curve of the table.


Traditional styled chairs join the table in this kitchen. Note the fun zebra rug!


This is a winning combination- the warmth of the antique chairs with the Saarinen table.

(Photos-  Design Within Reach, House and Garden, Domino, Elle Decor)


2 thoughts on “StyleFile #20: The Perfect Table

  1. I’m not usually a big fan of anything modern, but this table works so well in each of those spaces, none of which I would call too sleek or modern. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. This table is so versatile. Thank you for showing all the great examples of where it CAN work. I see it matched up with the Saarinen chairs all too often, which is way too Star Trek for me.

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