Dining tables are usually a fairly straightforward affair; four legs, perhaps a pedestal base, and your choice of a round or rectangular top. There are however quite a few stylish and unusual options to be had. Above: Dr. Peter Draenart’s Adler II table boasts both minimalist design and functionality. A lifting mechanism automatically swivels out a leaf in the middle of the table when the two sides are pulled apart. A smoothly finished stainless steel base helps to round out an already sleek profile.
Bernard Vuarnesson’s Hexa and Bellato series of tables feature hidden surfaces that slide out for additional guests. Somewhat similar to the Rotor Coffee table, these are great for maximizing tight spaces. Scratch resistant laminate tops and solid wood construction maximize durability.
The Infinity Table uses a clear glass top to channel all attention to its rattan legs. Each leg is composed of four sheets that twist 90 degrees around a central axis. Rounded chrome frames at the top and bottom keep the rattan anchored in place.
Perhaps most unusual is the fan-shaped Ventaglio table by Charlotte Perriand. Planks of oak wood intersect at different angles to create table tops that are asymmetric individually, while three curved legs help to stabilize the structure. In pairs, complementary symmetry is revealed with seating for at least 4-6.