…COLOR, THAT IS!
Turning the tables on tables, so to speak, color turns up below the table top — on table legs, as well as on pedestal bases — on the mostly contemporary tables you’ll find below. These tables can add charm, visual variety, at times whimsy, sometimes sophistication, to an interior space.
From dining, to cocktail, to console, to occasional tables — check out the colorful gams on these mostly modern furniture, imaginative tables:
The Big Table — a table possessing a certain stateliness with its substantial, multi-colored painted legs — is an Alain Gilles’ design. Top available in glass or wood. From Bonaldo.
Rings of rattan in an hourglass shape form the base of the Rattan Bundle Table from McGuire. Shown in Ming Red.
Designed in 2006 by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia, the Eileen Dining Table has a painted steel base available in several colors. Red shown. The table has a “monolithic” wood top. From Limn.
You’ll find color choices galore with the Ross Lovegrove Rectangular Tables, shown here with the multi-colored base. Designed by Lovegrove in 2008, and made in the U.S. by Knoll, the multi-colored base is available only with the Starphire glass top.
Other base colors: metallic bronze, robin’s egg blue, silver, and white. Other tops: bronze colored glass, laminate, Panelite ™, and acid etched glass painted on the underside in your choice of green, blue, or red. Available from Hive.
Designed by Michael Young, the Zipzi Table is shown here in the low-table style in the Cool Hues of white, pale green, pale blue and umbra grey. The glass-topped tables have resin-coated bases of interlocking folded paper.
Other color options: Fresh Hues: white, lime green, green, and umbra grey. Warm hues: white, pink, red, unbra grey. From Established & Sons.
Pick your leg style for this Flare Table by Marcel Wanders for Magis. The legs are of transparent polycarbonate with a choice of plastic-coated art paper designs. First row of patterns by Marcel Wanders. Second row of patterns by Javier Mariscal. Tabletops are of mdf with white polymeric cover. Available at Unica Home.
Designed by Istanbul-based Autoban studio, the Pebble Table has the option of red-painted aluminum legs. Made in Portugal by De La Espada who recommend: red legs with the oak tabletop option; chrome-plated legs with the walnut tabletop option. Available at Hive.
Constructed of layered float-glass, the Teso Table was designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano in 1985. The glass gives a bluish cast to the table. Made in Italy by Fontana Arte. Available at Hive.
Another Marcel Wander’s design: the Container Table designed in 2003. The table foot has steel covers available in various colors. From Moooi.
Furniture impresario Ralph Pucci — the go-to-guy for contemporary, high-end, custom and one-of-a-kind, cutting-edge furniture design — represents a select coteri of furniture designers. Ralph Pucci International offers an amazing selection of unique furniture designs. Among the selections are tables with colorful or out-of-the-ordinary legs — among them:
Round Vine Table by Robert Bristow. Marble top on an asymmetrical base of painted-steel. Shown in Red. Available in custom-made colors. Also in brass, bronze, or stainless steel.
Black and white are the ‘colors’ of the discs stacked in the legs of this unusual table designed by India Mahdavi for Ralph Pucci.
Fused as one, the base and top of this sculptural console-like table are infused with red. Designer: Herve Van Der Straeten.
Three Console Tables:
The Org console table is one of a series of tables designed by Fabio Novembre for Cappellini in 2001. The table has a plethora of flexible polypropylene rope legs, but also adequate structural rope legs with internal steel. Shown with red rope. Available in white or black rope. Top is transparent glass.
The XX Console table designed in 2009 by Milan and San Francisco based architect and designer Johanna Grawunder. Realized in colored, tempered glass (pink and orange) by Glas Italia. Grawunder, a protégé of the late Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass, was a partner with Sottsass Associati from 1985-2001.
From Ronchietto studio in Santa Barbara, this demilune table in Venetian style has a milk-paint finish: legs in red, top in black. Ronchietto creates reproduction wood furniture based primarily on European furniture of the 15th through the 17th centuries. Furniture of the Spanish Renaissance is a primary inspiration for many pieces.
A Lot of Red
You may have noticed that red is nearly the alpha color in the selection of tables above, showing up in legs and bases from the sleek to the sinuous. The color shows up in 12 of 16 of the selections — certainly a percentage-wise predominance.
Red, with its vivacity, does make a great accent color. For an interior space looking for a bit of punch, red can do the job.
You Can’t Have These Tables
I’ll end, if not mischievously at least playfully, with two tables that, even if you could have afforded their hefty price tags, are now in the auction records.
Designed in 1979 for Alchimia by the late, and influential, Italian architect and product designer Ettore Sottsass, this guéridon titled “Struture Tremano” sold at Christies, Paris, in 2008 for $13,637.
Silver-plated and partially colored cast bronze are the materials comprising this luxurious, postmodernist, yet stylistically irreverent table designed by Paris-based, Swiss-born designer Mattia Bonetti. The Abyss table sold at Sotheby’s, New York, in 2006 for over $100,000. (For a bit about monsieur Bonetti see this NY Times article. Or, if you can read French, this wikipedia entry.)