Come one, come all because we’ve got some juicy new releases for you that are far from the sideshow. Whether its designs informed by ancient Greek columns, tree stubs or carpenter trestles, these side tables are guaranteed to be the main attraction. And of course, we’ve also got your regular dose of mid-century classics – including a flower-shaped table created especially for a modernist landmark that’s never before been made commercially available.
Florence Coffee Table by New Works
The Florence range, designed in-house by Danish brand New Works, has proven so popular over the years that it has expanded from a simple shelving system to encompass one rectangular and two round dining tables plus a side table. The design has also been turned into a low coffee table, featuring the same hollow steel cube for a base and a top in lucious black Marquina or Gris du Marais marble.
Epic Coffee Table Steel by GamFratesi for Gubi
The Epic table with its monolithic, hexagonal base made from Italian travertine was originally conceived as a homage to ancient Greek and Roman columns. Now, Danish-Italian duo GamFratesi has reimagined the design, which is produced by Gubi, in steel for a more industrial aesthetic. The material is galvanised and lacquered in multiple layers before the colour is partially removed by hand using a traditional craft technique that leaves behind a rich, patinated texture.
Level Side Table by Ferm Living
A single, continuous steel tube forms the frame of the Level side table, curved in on itself like the number 6 to create two different tiers of storage. The simple, geometric design forms part of Ferm Living's SS21 pre-collection, which celebrates the arrival of spring and the return to outdoor spaces. In this spirit, the Level table is available in three earthy tones – cashmere, olive and black – and is built to survive both indoors and out amongst the elements.
Bhoot by Luc Jozancy for Matiere Grise
Created by Luc Jozancy, founder of Lyon design agency Avant-Première, Bhoot is what the French call a bout de canapé. Unfortunately, this does not mean a dedicated canapé table but one that is designed to be added to the end of a sofa. To this end, it features a sleek frame that can slide under even the lowest of couches. And like all of Matiere Grise’s metal furniture, the design comes in 40 different colours and is suited to both indoor and outdoor use.
Ocean Lounge Table by Mater
This outdoor coffee table contains 1.44 kilograms of ocean plastic – the equivalent of 160 plastic bottles. It forms the latest addition to Mater’s Ocean collection, which already includes an alfresco dining table and chair based on a 1955 design by mid-century Danish couple Joergen and Nanna Ditzel. The updated design features recycled plastic panelling made from discarded fishing nets and other marine debris, set atop a partly upcycled steel frame.
Stub by Mette Schelde for Fritz Hansen
The Stub table gets its name from the Danish word for tree stump, nodding to the inspiration behind this design by Aarhus-based architect Mette Schelde for Fritz Hansen. To maintain a clean, minimal look, its circular, glass top is fixed to the wooden base using an ingenious method that requires no glue or screws. Originally launched as part of the Crossovers exhibition in London by digital gallery Adorno, the piece is available in oak and lacquered or black-painted ash.
Flower Table by Alexander Girard for Vitra
With the release of the Flower Table, Vitra has made a real piece of design history available to the public for the first time. The table was created by American designer Alexander Girard in the 1950s to anchor the sunken lounge of the Miller House – a modernist icon in Columbus, Indiana. The original still stands in the landmark building today but thankfully, Vitra worked with the Girard family to create a powder-coated steel version for serial production.
Passage Lounge Table by Krøyer-Sætter-Lassen for Menu
Copenhagen studio Krøyer-Sætter-Lassen has consolidated classic Danish carpentry and contemporary convenience in the Passage Lounge Table, which is delivered flat-packed and assembled on-site. The design, which is produced by Menu, is available in FSC-certified, natural or dark lacquered oak and comes in three different sizes. This allows multiple tables to be paired and nested like Russian dolls to fill a space of any size.
Arco Side Table by Chuck Mack for Design House Stockholm
When self-taught American designer Chuck Mack was building houses for a time, each project first started with him building a sturdy, reliable set of carpenter trestles. This industrial design was later turned into an entire collection of desks, dining tables and side tables in collaboration with Design House Stockholm – the latter of which is available in a new white-grey finish for a more airy feel.
Bit Stool by Simon Legald for Normann Copenhagen
Danish brand Normann Copenhagen has taken the sculptural Bit side table into production. The design by Simon Legald is inspired by architectural features like columns and other monolithic structures. It's simple, yet striking allure is elevated by the lively pattern that distinguishes the material: the furniture piece is made from household and industrial plastic waste that's melted and moulded into this charming companion for sofas and lounge areas.