Occasional tables let you put up your feet in style while acting as a convenient platform to display your treasures.

Driade: Ten & Ci

Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa designed Ten and Ci as an armchair and side table that underscores their meanings of sky and earth respectively in Japanese. Almost childlike in its simplicity, the round table features a Calacatta Cararra marble top above an ebonised European ash or natural mahogany frame. Launched earlier this year in Milan, the table’s gently tapering edge lends the stone lightness, while its tubular legs grounds the form for a sense of solidity.

Herman Miller: Noguchi Table

Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi believed that anything can be art—and he used a number of different materials to illustrate his point. The timelessness of his table perfectly balances aesthetics and practicality. The wooden base consists of two interlocking curved parts to form a pleasing symmetry while acting as a self stablising tripod, with a freeform glass top resting above. At once delicate and sturdy, the combination of ethereal glass and solid wood in white ash, natural cherry, walnut or Noguchi black has been a popular choice for contemporary homes since 1948.

Knoll: Florence Knoll Coffee and End Tables

Designed by American architect Florence Knoll Bassett in 1961 and continuously manufactured ever since, this series of occasional tables with square or rectangular tops is the epitome of modernism. Knoll was greatly influenced by her friend and mentor Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and her tables were designed to fit into the minimal interiors of modern homes and offices. With its simple geometric form, the top is available in marble, granite, glass or wood, and appears to float above a welded square steel tube frame finished in polished or satin chrome.

Normann Copenhagen: Tablo Table

Tablo is a series of round, square and rectangular top occasional tables that add a dash of Danish charm to anywhere you may need a table—beside the bed for a reading lamp or as a coffee table in the living room. Designed by Copenhagen-based Nicholai Wiig Hansen with a handy lip that circumvents the top’s edge, objects are prevented from tipping over if the table is ajar. Built with slanted legs in ash and a plastic top finish, Tablo is as sturdy as it is practical. It is available in a variety of colours, comes flat packed, and does not require any tools for assembly.