By Nii B. Andrews.

Recently while visiting a dear friend in La, I encountered an antique colonial center table that appeared to transcend its functional role. 

It was a work of art.

Most of us will not consider the pieces of furniture we utilize on a daily basis as art; we hardly ever pay much attention to them.

TABLE I. Courtesy of I.G. Adjei Esq- Nazareth House, La.

Are they made from wood, metal or resin? Do they appear chunky or light? Are there sculpted elements? What about the form- geometric, abstract or naturalistic? 

These are all questions that we are loathe to consider as we rush through our busy schedules or adopt reclining postures after an exhausting day.

Where we should place the center table in the living room is an important question. 

Obviously, it need not be dead center; that often does not work as the optimum position for a furniture grouping.

Its placement should enhance the space and the other items of furniture including the center table itself.


And of course the material and form of the table affects the space; making it more or less formal or even introducing some whimsy or humor.

The form of the first table (Table I) appears to have art deco references with its sweeping arcs supporting a square top; geometry comes to the fore.

The second table – also purely wood, with its four curved and incised columns and its roped tiered octagonal top all set on balled feet appears more detailed (but sometimes, less is more!) and much older.


The third table has wrought metal curved columns supporting a sunken circular metal top with a dynamic composition painted in vivid colors of red, blue, yellow and several pastels.

It is playful and will provide an eclectic slant to any interior or exterior seating group.

There is a thick clear glass top to provide a level surface.

Then we could also consider accessories on every center table; vases filled with flowers, ceramics, figurines, books and so on. 

Once again, a little thought must go into this; for example not all vase styles fit in with certain tables. 

But as always it is possible to find the best pairings/ juxtapositions that will raise the aesthetic bar.

Which of the three examples is your favorite table and why?

Do not hesitate to share with us any other interesting center table that you have come across – some are certainly worthy of being judged art pieces.

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