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Statement Dining | December 3, 2015 |

Table talk:

Dining tables for every style



Spectacular dining rooms – and spectacular dinners –  start with the perfect table. Whether your interior style leans towards the retro or the cutting edge; to the simple or the ornate, we’ve found the table for you. All you have to do now is create an incredible dinner to serve on it.



Image source: Made

The mid-century mania nudges forwards into the 1970s for 2016: polished metals, bold geometric patterns, walnut and sheepskin are all heading for a moment.

Complement the era’s interior quirks with brilliant pops of colour such as orange and avocado green and sunshine yellows.

Those with a penchant for good 70s interiors will find it hard not to covet this walnut and black Edelweiss dining table (£229) available from Made.


Modern glamour


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2015 was the year copper was king. As we move into 2016, we’re seeing warm tones of brass and gold move centre stage.

Whatever metallic you favour, set it off with deep, moody furniture. Black is now fully rehabilitated from its post-80s purdah: take a look at the inky black lacquer covering Tom Dixon’s Slab dining table (£1,600) if you still need persuading. Team with gold accents and we’re sold.




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With the year seeing a shift toward a new kind of minimalism – futuristic, innovative works of art and creativity – the sleek, clean lines of contemporary furniture have never been so exhilarating.

Materials are advancing extraordinarily with rise of 3D printing and other technologies. The engineering ingenuity of this Desalto Clay 697 dining table

(£3,405, Design Icons) will definitely create a talking point. The Marc Krusin design creates clever and challenging shapes yet maintains the luxury of space.




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Boho decor is all about texture and pattern – a strong story for this year. Think rich textiles, earthy plants, faux furs and suedes mixed with geometric patterns.

And geometry is the star of the show in this Sura dining table (£1,700, Anthropologie). Inspired by a tumbled brick mosaic that designer Tracey Boyd found in Africa, the geometric design works perfectly with pale, stripped back walls, exposed wood and vibrant botanicals.




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Stylish and practical timber looks good in any dining space – and it’s unlikely to date quickly. Create a chic but traditional aesthetic with muted shades such as chalk blues, soft pinks and dove greys.

Country charm meets contemporary with Loaf’s Baker Boy farmhouse style kitchen table (£525). Team with matching chairs or mix in your own eclectic seating.




Image source: Abigail Ahern

According to the gloriously unorthodox Abigail Ahern, artificially roughed-up shabby chic is dead. The future is about authentic, organic finishes, rather than the self-consciously aged.

She believes interiors will catch up with the foodie world in 2016, with ‘artisanal’ the buzzword of the year. Handpainted and craft pieces are likely to be seen on the smartest tables.

Her Maywood zinc top dining table (£750) delivers pared-back rawness to a dining space, with industrial detailing. Soften scruffy industrial aesthetics with a touch of luxury, such as a soft rug underfoot.

Ready for more table talk? Check out our guide to dressing your dining area for 2016.



Lead image source: Tom Dixon


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The Palladian collection lends an extravagant air to dining. With flash accents of warm rich orange tone among copper hues, it complements everything from modern to bohemian tables.

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The Jasper Conran Tisbury collection offers a plethora of informal tableware and home accessories that allow you to mix the collection into your everyday living. The tailored shapes with renowned Jasper Conran precision combine with a resilient porcelain, glass and wood to withstand wear and tear of everyday use. Natural colour styles contribute to an effortless look and feel.

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