”A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?” (Albert Einstein)
The table has always been the leading actor in the dining room as well as in working areas. Whether it is used for important dinners and lunches, or simply to spend some time with good friends, the table is the cornerstone of a number of social activities either in daily life or in special occasions or in professional situations. Around the table you make important decisions! For this reason, Archiproducts helps you find your ideal table for your house, office or restaurant.
Choosing the right table isn’t easy because the table not only has to be nice but it also has to be functional and proportional to the room. An excessively large table becomes an obstacle while an excessively small one won’t serve its function. As always, your needs will guide the choice.
The shape first! Since you have to let people get around the table you need to know how much space the table will take in the room. Rectangular tables
or square ones blend easily in the room because they usually follow the shape of the room and can eventuually be pushed along the wall to take less space. Round tables
, instead, take more space but they’re less dangerous when kids are around and more functional because they put every guest at the same hierarchical level. Oval tables are an impressive solution but they take even more space. When you don’t have much space extendable tables
are an excellent solution because they don’t take space in everyday use but they transform when guests arrive.
Keep an eye on ergonomy. For a dining table
the ideal height should be between 70 and 75 cm while the minimum space to grant the right comfort to each guest is 60 cm. To add a table in the centre of a room you need to allow at least 80 cm between the table and the wall (or any other obstacle) to let people move back with their chair and walk comfortably. The minimum distance reaches 120 cm when someone is sitting and people need to move behind them.
Aesthetics is a really important factor when choosing a table both for practical and aesthetical reasons. Wooden tables
, for example, go in a classic furniture room and add elegance to the place. Glass tables
, instead, highlight contemporary style living rooms and visibly enlarge the space in case of small rooms. If you want to surprise your guests with an all time classic, choose the Parsons table designed by Mies Van der Rohe
in the early 1920s. The square rosewood legs at the corners of the rectangular top make this table an iconic and timeless piece of furniture.