Design Contract loves dining room projects from top interior designers and architects worldwide. Get inspired by the beautifully decorated living rooms of such talents like Thomas Pheasant, Campion Platt to Waldo Fernandez and others. Design Contract will give you some tips how to choose perfect dining tables for interior design projects – take a look at the most luxurious and stylish top brands’ tables selection from Baxter, Boca do Lobo to Fendi Casa.
“I wanted it to feel very airy and bright, with a mix of elements,” says Thomas Pheasant of his Washington, D.C., dining room. The 19th-century English chairs and mirrored sideboard (one of a pair) had previously decorated his apartment on Paris’s Left Bank. A professional with the most exquisite dining room projects.
For his home in Florida, architect Campion Platt says he wanted “to rewrite some of the Palm Beach rules and to create a tropical sense of luxury.” In the dining room, a glass droplet chandelier accents woven chairs, a Judith Brown sculpture, and a collection of artefacts. One of the most beautiful dining room projects.
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A Cubist-style glazed ceiling of his own design (visible in the mirror) illuminates the dining room of Jacques Grange’s Paris apartment, which once belonged to the novelist Colette. Space boasts a culturally diverse collection of art and artefacts, among them an Arts and Crafts lantern by Greene & Greene, Louis XVI chairs, and a first-century Roman torso. The floor is paved in Iranian tile, finishing one of the most amazing dining room projects.
For the dining space of her sleek midcentury home in Indian Wells, California, Emily Summers chose an eye-catching Jean de Merry pendant light and a set of vintage Jens Risom armchairs. A faceted Neal Small mirror hangs above the Karl Springer sideboard.
At her Manhattan brownstone, Muriel Brandolini upholstered the dining room in white corduroy hand-beaded by Vietnamese artisans. The text—a favourite Ernest Hemingway passage—appears in reverse on the far wall. The vintage table is by Paul Evans, and the chairs are 19th-century French.
In Waldo Fernandez’s artfully curated Los Angeles home, a second-century Roman bust watches over the dining area, where a 1930s André Sornay table and a set of ebony Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann chairs are complemented by a Thomas Houseago wall sculpture. “These are all things that represent different times in my life and my career,” the designer explains.
You shouldn’t just pick up the dining table that matches the chairs, follow these tips to make the right choice:
1. Want a contemporary look?
Very dark or very pale woods, metal or a combination of materials are good choices for a modern feel. Slim tabletops, sleek lines, sharp angles and tapering legs are all details to look out for, too. What’s on-trend? Industrial style dining tables for relaxed interiors– often a combination of reclaimed wood and metal and glossy, bespoke-look, upcycled designs
2. Conjuring up a traditional feel?
Warm wood shades, chunky legs and minimal detailing will give a room a laidback, period look that’s both practical and fuss-free. If you’re buying wood, teak is the best material.
3. Creating a country cottage-style room?
Chunky legs and tabletops, reclaimed wood and distressed finishes all add up to a relaxed style that will complement rustic-look or even seaside style rooms. In dark spaces, go for a whitewash finish; in very bright rooms, darker woods can look dramatic. See our Baxter for a good choice of looks and finishes.
4. Dining space a bit tight?
Light colours and reflective materials will obviously help stretch a space, but shape plays an important part, too. Circular dining tables will comfortably seat as many diners as a square or rectangular table with a much larger footprint. Or, if you’re determined to have a rectangular table, why not match it with a bench instead of chairs to save space?
5. Should it co-ordinate?
Buying a dining table isn’t just for a single purchase. You’ll no doubt be picking out chairs too, and perhaps storage items, such as a sideboard or dresser, too. Pieces needn’t match but you should aim for unity, perhaps in your choice of materials. Bear in mind that co-ordinating furniture will help make a small room seem more streamlined. If you are considering adding to dining set over time – perhaps while you save up – double-check that the range you are buying won’t be discontinued in the near future.
6. Never forget ergonomics. Is the dining table the right size for your interior design project?
The quickest way to find out whether the table you want will fit your room – or to decide on the ideal table size to begin with – is to lay newspaper on the floor, allowing space between the paper and the walls for the chairs, or any other furniture. Allow at least 60cm between the table and the wall, but ideally more – 90cm is perfect. Table heights vary so if you’re buying dining chairs separately, check measurements carefully to get the correct height.
Allow between 55cm and 60cm per place setting; for a circular table, allow around 75cm. If the chairs you are choosing have arms (these are also called carvers), you will need another 10cm per place setting – so reckon on 70cm per seat.
7. How to check out for quality?
A dining table should sit firmly on its feet, and not rock or wobble if you apply pressure. Dovetailed joints are a traditional method and will make the furniture very sturdy; dowelled joints are also used. Cheaper furniture may be screwed together or simply stapled. Solid wood tables are heavier than those made with wood veneer. Solid wood tends to have blemishes and knots, all of which are part of its appeal. Veneers are usually more consistent in appearance.
8. What to ask when you order?
Check whether your furniture will be delivered fully assembled. If so, ensure that it will fit through any narrow corridors or doorways. Tables sometimes have detachable legs, making access easier. Check about guarantees and delivery and return details, too.
Check out the most luxurious and stylish top brands’ tables selection from Baxter, Boca do Lobo to Fendi Casa.
Philippe Stark Baroque dining table
Set the table and feast your eyes on this timeless Philippe Starck designer dining table, ideal for exuding a classic yet genuine contemporary appeal in your dining room. This oversized dining table is made with lacquered wood, a sharp tabletop and curved legs with an ornate shape that screams old world presence. You get the best of both worlds as this sophisticated design is lined with a high gloss lacquer for one seriously modern finish. Enhance your culinary gatherings and lavish your other dining decor with stylish luxury. Take your pick and order online today.
Baxter – Bilbert dining table
The Baxter range is renowned for luxurious leather upholstery. New classical pieces are elegant with comforts such as the Baxter Gilbert table which is available with leather-covered wood or marble.
Dunham Cross Leg Round Dining table
The Dunham Cross Leg Round Dining Table is part of our time-worn furniture collection. It combines contemporary design with traditional craftsmanship, underpinned by a strong environmental responsibility, perfect for creating an amazing dining room project. Upcycled from reclaimed timber sourced in the Far East, each piece is unique and hand-finished to enhance the genuine patina of age. Our collections evoke feelings of historical sincerity and provide a real sense of honesty through their reclamation ethic, creating unique dining room projects.
Brunel dining table
This Brunel Dining Set comprises a 180cm industrial-inspired dining table, three dining chairs and a 166cm bench that conveniently fits underneath the table. This set forms part of the Brunel range and can be combined beautifully with one of Out & Out Original’s indoor sofas or sideboards. The Acacia hardwood top is veneered to give you a perfectly smooth tabletop surface and the unique leg design adds a modern twist to the industrial look. The industrial framing is solid black washed steel and benefits from visible, exposed hardware to bring home the real industrial look. The wooden components, which are made from hardwood, are beautifully treated in light grey to compliment the washed steel.
If you’re looking for a novel dining set with a bench as well as chairs, then you want the Brunel. Perfect for spectacular dining room projects.
Boca do Lobo Path dining table
Boca do Lobo’s exclusive Patch Table has intricate wood veneer top and sculptural base for adding sophistication to any kind of home setting. Patch table fits in a contemporary living room or on a sophisticated kitchen. The top of this dining table is covered with an intriguing geometric mosaic of wood veneer and the base is made from oak.
This round centre table is then finished in high gloss varnish. It is 76 cm high and 160 long, perfectly crafted with the uniquely legged bottom matching any kind of home or flooring aesthetics. The hand craftsmanship of this intricate marquetry design and the finishing techniques are done with amazing precision by our artisans. The dual personality of this table is beautifully combined: baroque meets clean lines, while reflecting Boca do Lobo’s philosophy of challenging the past through the future.
Ralph Lauren dining table
Fendi Casa dining table
Luxury interiors brand Fendi Casa has added two new additions to its 2013 collection: the Margutta Table and the Ripetta Chair, the perfect option to dining room projects. Made from ebonized sycamore, the Margutta Table features steel inserts and a bronze finish, creating a subtle graphic tabletop reminiscent of the Fendi logo.
Newton Dining Table by Boca do Lobo
Inspired by Newton’s law of gravity, Boca do Lobo Studio designs the Newton Dining Table shaped for 8 to 10 persons. “We are still working hard on new challenges for artisans and designers, new techniques, materials and concepts are still being tested now it’s a “MOMENTUM”. Newton is our truly moment of inspiration, a table completed by spheres and semi spheres that joined together complete this dining table with this exquisite look.
Inspired by Newton’s law of gravity, we were looking for an object capable of reflecting the sphere attraction as they were joined with their mass, force and energy”- claim designers. This table is ideal for 8 to 10 persons who will be amazed when gracing this masterpiece at your design interior. The table is constructed from lacquer brass spheres with high gloss varnish finishing and some gold plated spheres on the base and the top of the table is composed of brass circles carved with a golden texture similar to a wood texture.
Brabbu Apis dining table
The imposing of this table is represented by a top that retraces the torso of big and ancient trees and in a base inspired on the golden beehives, that together results in a piece of nature translated into a piece of furniture. An amazing item to your dining room projects.
Koket Intuition dining table
The metal ribbon of the Intuition dining table evokes the mysterious and divine feminine instinct. Carefree & unexpected swirls are guided by emotions and desires. Perfect for sophisticated feminine dining room projects.
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