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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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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