Choosing The Right Table

Wherever there’s food there’s the potential for a great party. Invite a few guests over for a private shindig and watch everyone eventually gather around the kitchen. Ditto for an L-shaped open concept kitchen counter. And if there’s a comfortable dining room to laze in, a meal can drag on for hours. With more and more of us entertaining at home these days, a solid dining table is crucial.
Getting the right table requires some degree of alchemy. The right materials are needed in a humid city, and the right shape can make all the difference to many of us; round tables may be socially and culturally superior, but they can demand more room. And needless to say the right size is paramount to comfortable entertaining and not regularly tripping over your own furniture. Check out these tables for some ideas for your next soirée.

For the sustainably minded among us, TREE’s Stance dining table combines industrial chic with ethical sourcing. Constructed from reclaimed teak and accented by iron frames, the Stance also works as a desk and so can provide a space-saving option for smaller flats. Along those same lines, the table comes in four sizes (priced from $9,950 to $17,950) and a raft of seating options is also available. Unless of course you have your own perfect dining chairs.

Boutique retailer DeeM is all about singular items, so if you see a table in the shop, decide if you want it. The current standout among dining tables is the Reflect (designed by DeeM), a mixed material piece with a simple, clean shape that should go in any room. Accented with the intensely au courant brass with a mild steel frame, Reflect ($45,000) is a statement piece. If you have the space for its two-metre plus length, you can say good-bye to crowded tables.

If you’re in the mood for truly unique items, Hong Kong’s (now) bounty of vintage and antique retail boutiques may be the place to start. Freshly relocated from Wanchai to Sheung Wan is Chenmiji, purveyor of retro furniture and curiosities. Most of the items in the shop are European mid-century pieces, and there are some doozies in the store. But for dining, the 1960s-era round teak table from Antwerp and the extendable Italian rosewood table (both $9,000) are standouts. Also available are a selection of non-matching but nonetheless complementary chairs (German and Danish) from the same period.

Finally, maybe you want a table that’s modern and round and boasts a unique design? Check out the latest from OVO home, whose grand Accord (starting at $16,400) and gold-accented Brim ($18,400) circular dining tables come from OVO’s custom collection, wherein the wood and size can be tailored to individual needs. Off the floor, check out the Bloom and Wu, with their outward tilting legs, and Stroke II, with its irregular geographic shape and reverse bevel top are worth a look if legroom or straight sides are on your “to get” list.