There are some furniture pieces which are just elegant by nature and there’s nothing quite so elegant as a round entryway table. It inspires thoughts of grand manors, pretty arrangements and luxury hotel lobbies. Start with a special piece and let the best in the business inspire your next entryway design. (Bonus: most dining tables are perfectly suitable as entryway tables.)
1. Contemporary Elegance
Louise Bradley’s signature style comprises a layered, cool neutral palette, formal styling of free-form objets and a sense of quiet grandeur and this hallway combines all three with finesse. The black high-gloss entryway table – which sits ahead of a hallway sofa arrangement – is decorated with reflective silver banding, providing a simple but interesting twist on a timeless design. Couples of diaphanous glass vases and bronze bowls have enough presence to fill the table in a simply elegant way but still feel harmonious with the overall design in both colour and texture.
Image Credit: Thomas Pheasant
2. Classical Appeal
This Thomas Pheasant entryway is one of a lucky ten which get to enjoy his limited edition, mahogany and cast bronze centre table with ivory marble top.
The special design – placed front and centre in a grand Washington DC residence – recalls a classical spirit. A tripod radial base characterises its silhouette and a dish-like finial adds interest and references ancient decorative arts.
Pheasant accessorises the piece simply with shallow golden boxes, a tall glass vase of tendril blossoms and textured ceramic vase.
3. Neutral Harmony
A calming space to come home to, the entryway for Helen Green’s Knightsbridge penthouse project is evidence that neutrals never go out of style. The space makes use of a neutral cream-based palette of harmonious tones and accents its gold-inlaid, travertine-topped entryway table with a collection of Willer vases for understated styling. Against a backdrop of subtly textured wallpaper, the designers hung a series of vibrant Andy Warhol ‘Marilyn’ prints to add a layer of interest.
4. Fresh Take
Work a style contrast in your entryway like this Heather Hilliard space by using a blank canvas, different furniture styles and edgy lighting.
The fresh and airy design features a hand-hammered steel Bernhardt ‘Hallam’ table with a glossy top in Benjamin Moore blue and topped with a shallow glass bowl in a coordinating blue hue, a stack of coffee table books and an abstract sculpture.
A bronze ‘Lunar’ pendant with satin brass finish by Plug Lighting hangs overhead and a unique rope chair by Christian Astuguevielle brings a nautical softness to the look.
Image Credit: Taylor Howes
5. Timeless Country
Designed for an existing client who relocated to the USA, this grand Connecticut family house by Taylor Howes retains a sense of the quintessential English country manor, led, in no small part, by its double-height entryway and sweeping double staircase. The pedestal table is simply styled with a vase of pink blossoms and flanked with tall ceramic urns and upholstered fauteuils.
6. Iconic Additions
Some designs are just instantly recognisable and the Ado Chale masterpiece in Helen Green Design’s Belgravia lateral apartment project is one such. It transforms the sometime-ancillary room into a place to stop and take in – a fine introduction to any home. The bronze focal point – with trademark mosaicesque top and monolithic ball addition – works a singular floral arrangement, letting the area remain simple enough to exude a gallery-like vibe. Its neighbours (a pendant chandelier and gestural canvas) are equally impressive.
Image Credit: Anthony Michael
7. Heaven’s Welcome
Anthony Michael’s “urban farmhouse” take on chic entryway style speaks of nothing but freshness and light. Its uplifting white palette gives the custom pedestal table the attention, creating a focal feature by day.
Two elegant silver candlesticks reference the space’s modern elegance (seen in the custom-designed fumed oak staircase and honed cream Marfil marble flooring) and an ivory hold-all box answers all storage needs for by-the-door essentials – keys, coins, lipstick.
By night (or indeed during a weekend get together with friends and family), the entryway doubles as an impressive additional dining area via the table’s unique height-adjustable ability. We can just imagine the candles of the rusticated Visual Comfort chandelier glowing above head.
8. Modern Luxe
An enthusiast of a distinguished entryway, Helen Green Design channels Knightsbridge masculinity in this apartment. Against a backdrop of the studio’s Gramercy wallpaper (a luxe Mondrianesque grid) from its first collection stands a high-gloss warm walnut cross-base entryway table, trimmed in brass. Its warm palette and refined finish is contrasted with mottled verdigris vessels for a thoroughly minimalist styling job. Echoing the grid of the wallpaper, a glass and brass chandelier recalls Pierre Vandel design and the 1970s lucite trend.
Image Credit: Jean-Louis Deniot
9. Paris Meets New York
In this New York Jean-Louis Deniot project, the entryway look is brilliantly 5th Avenue with a hint of Parisian chic.
Perfectly centred in the blue Savoy and white Tassos marble floored space, underneath a Louis XVI-period carved gilt wood lantern sourced in Paris, the marble-topped table is loaded with a collection of objet, sculptures and vases which represent both cities’ influential art world.
A cloudy Couleurs Privées wallpaper clads the walls which culminate in bronze-trimmed ebony walnut doors which lead on to the bedroom quarters.
10. Quirky Update
Take a leaf out of Heather Hilliard’s book and reimagine a traditional space with an entryway table with an eye catching design. The Luna Round Dining Table by Hélène Aumont is just the right amount of quirky, just the right amount of convention to work in the stairwell of this elegantly appointed Bay Area home. Piled high with art tomes (we approve the selection), the design recalls a conventional pedestal table silhouette, updated by a unique base make up of stacked concentric disks. An angular Bec Brittain ‘Shy’ LED pendant and brass trays finishes the look.