OK then, since some of you asked about the dining table failure and because it’s been my obsession for weeks now – let’s talk dining tables. There are many, many out there and choosing one can be rather daunting – no matter how pleasant, if it takes too long it leads to frustration. Sure, it’s easy when you have pockets full of money and know one manufacturer or two who could produce a beautiful, bespoke table of your choice. But my resources are limited and I’ve been living for over three years without a sofa, a coffee table.. the list is long… so there’s simply no way I’d spend a hell of a lot on one piece of furniture. Limited budget and limitations in general make the whole process of indecisive choosing one of clear elimination.
The list of things to consider:
- SIZE – this is the main limitation. I love having friends over and space for 10-12 seats would be great but our place isn’t that big. After accepting Karol’s adamant “no extending tables” sentence, carefully measuring available space and making the IKEA mistake, I settled for 200cm length, enough to seat 8 and squeeze in 10 people at a time
- PRICE – it will cost an arm and a leg but not two arms and two legs
- SHAPE – must be simple, not overdesigned, minimal and practical. Read: no glass tabletops or plastic legs!
- MATERIAL – ideally, made of wood. But can be something else if looks good and feels right
- PRODUCTION – let it be made in Europe, as sustainably as possible
You’d think that price would be the major deterrent but it’s actually the length that proved most challenging. Hundreds of tables rejected, the three above have been officially Let’s See Them Live shortlisted:
- DINING TABLE ONE by ANOTHER COUNTRY (whose day beds are a dream). British, simple, made of oak and… I admit I’m still not sure about these rounded legs.
- FRONZONI ’64 by CAPPELLINI. Italian classic, not exactly wooden wood but its hassle-free shape kind of makes up for this, right?
- COPENHAGUE TABLE CPH30 by HAY. I’m a sucker for Denmark and I must have primed myself to love the whole Hay collection when creating this some time ago. Vinyl top or oak top. My doubts circle around the production – Hay has no information on how/where they produce their furniture so I’ll ask in store.
Tomorrow then: 4-5 furniture stores and hopefully, just hopefully, no more dining table search for years to come.see comments