Alongside their upholstery companions, coffee tables are the defining characteristic of a living room and the anchor of most seating arrangements. We get excited about the coffee table styles which are rocking the interior world this season.
1. Monolithic coffee tables
Undoubtedly the most confident, designer-approved design of this season’s coffee table styles, the monolith is a sculptural piece characterised by blocky forms and interesting textures. Bold and edgy, the design creates a high-powered arrangement, well-suited to city living. Exquisite craftsmanship and flawless transforms simple shapes into admirable works of art. Top yours with a controlled edit of special objets d'art.
2. Ottoman coffee table
Does this timeless design ever go out of style? Ottoman coffee tables (also called footstool coffee tables) are characterised by their semi- or fully upholstered frame and are the go-to for a softer, comfortable look. Button-tufted examples are the call of the day for more traditionally inspired spaces (or to instil a sense of the traditional to ultra-modern spaces) whilst plainer styles have become the calling card of elegant transitional spaces. From villa to townhouse, the design suits all with loose linen covers creating a charming beachy look; velvet, a sophisticated elegance; and, leather, a suitable alternative to ultra-modern coffee table designs.
3. Nesting coffee tables
Over the last few years, designers have been forgoing the traditional singular coffee table for a nest of tables. Sometimes offering a retro vibe, at other times, decidedly modern options, nesting tables provide extra surface area and multiple configurations making them the chameleon of the coffee table world. Metallic designs are still the most popular, finishing off a room with their clean and crisp lines. To dress down their sometimes complex structures, team with a plain rug and don’t be afraid to go big.
4. Statement coffee tables
Similar to the monolithic table in its artistic vibes, the statement coffee table is for those modern art collectors. It merges function with art and, in the process, produces a unique design with the ability to enhance a living room with statement-making potential. Opt for a golden design like Eichholtz’s astronomical Galileo design or Marioni’s Raymond coffee table, which nods to Harry Bertoia’s honeycomb “Golden Arbor” sculpture. Keep these designs light on accessories with key artwork and modern upholstery.
5. Two-tier coffee tables
Work your coffee table extra hard with a two-tiered coffee table design. Offering additional storage, their underneath shelf doubles the surface area of your piece allowing you to display more of your decor items. That makes these are a smart addition for smaller spaces or rooms which don’t have lots of existing storage. Layer yours up with inspiring coffee table books and chic storage boxes for your not-so-chic essentials—remote controls, candle lighters and tissues.
6. Tray coffee tables
Coffee tables with trays are the equivalent of dresses with pockets—they’re not essential but they sure do thrill us when we see one. We love the design for its ingenious combination of two made-for-each-other companions and for its encouragement to keep things tidy. Moveable, castor-based designs offer a relaxed, art studio style whilst nailhead trim and shagreen textures can reinvent the design as a smart solution.