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Cool furniture, design objects and desiderata

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by gdl203, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. Kaplan

    Kaplan Distinguished Member

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    ^ I never gave that must thought, but I just measured mine and the coffee table is 5 cm lower than then cushions, which works out fine, so that recommendation sounds spot on.
     

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    We gave up on a coffee table, and it was a great decision. Our son often hangs with us in the living room, and the coffee table just took up space where he plays.

    We pretty much just used the coffee table to put our feet, snacks, drinks, and remote on it. We switched to a few different types of easily movable accent tables and stools that could handle all of that.

    We have a Jasper Morrison cork stool. It's great! You don't have to use coasters. It's extra seating, if there's a group of people over. It's a decent height for kicking up feet.

    And there are a couple of tables that are a few inches taller than the sofa cushions. You can throw a laptop on them and type at a pretty normal level. If you're eating snacks on the sofa, you can slide the tables next to you so you're not bending and reaching to the coffee table. The tables are super light, so they're easy to move based on whatever we're doing. Plus, the actual table surface is small, so it helps cut down on the clutter (magazines, books, etc.) that use to pile up on the coffee table.

    It fits our lifestyle, and I don't find that the room looks particularly unusual without a coffee table anchoring everything.
     

  3. steveoffice

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    +1 on the cork stool, tho it's more of a side table/extra seat for us

    we sold our noguchi table over a year ago and have been coffee-table-less since then. we also have the eames low table but that's primary used as a play table for my daughter.
     

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    We didn't bother with a coffee table also because children. But in winter we put out a kotatsu (Japanese low table with a heater underneath) because it's cozy.
     

  5. Parker

    Parker Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    I like the idea of non-traditional "table" surfaces for the living room. Like a small side table/stool and an ottoman or something. Although, I still kinda like a big square low slab table. More visuals just for fun/discussion.

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    I love this idea. I find myself drawn more and more to flexible/durable/functional/modular furnishings. (Also, my wife dinged the wall moving the coffee table to do yoga.)

    (Also, also... MRW I throw a cocktail party:)

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    Yes, when our kids were young we did without a coffee table in the lounge, too. However, like you, we have a kotatsu in winter - my wife insisted that we bring one over from Japan.

    Both our daughter and our cat love it - the cat will disappear entirely underneath and go to sleep and it's my daughter's favourite place to nap.
     

  8. gdl203

    gdl203 Affiliate Vendor Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    That’s interesting. Our kids basically lived most of their home life on our coffee table (we had a round wooden one before). Always drawing on it, putting their little books or playing with plush toys or little cars. It was basically theirs. The coffee table was also what they started cruising on before they walked.
     

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    Thank you!


    I made a table for him to play on, it has a big sheet of LEGO plates. I put it out of the way in his room since I’m actually enjoying the no-coffee table setup.

    There are small tables so there is a place to put your drink.

    15-18” is typical for modern, I like them really low personally and only becuase I think they look better lower.
     

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    Mt seat height is 13". Table height is 11". It works.

    lefty
     

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    Amazing for patios and indoor outdoor living

    Don't get drunk and leave then out overnight if the forecast calls for rain though

    Actually dwr was good about that it's also a great light and with adjustments right output is always at hand
     

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    How bright does it get? Bright enough to read by if it's nearby?

    Been looking for a portable light that could go with a patio chair setup. We have some cheapie solar Ikea lanterns that look pretty but aren't bright enough for anything useful.
     

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    It would work very well for that application I think. The max setting is quite bright. On a side table next 2 your chair you'd be fine with ,kindle or real book
     

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    Should be the same height or lower then your sofa seat. Otherwise it looks off visually. I once went down that road and it buged me so much I had a friend trim the tables legs down some so it was a more appropriate hight.

    Edit: I'm speaking only on true coffee tables. If you are going without and bringing in small tables or stools when needed then I'd say toss the rules on this out the window.
     

  15. steveoffice

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    I probably won’t get it anytime soon, but for Arco floor lamp alternatives I am leaning towards this Serge Mouille:

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    The 3 headed one nice but I think it needs much bigger living room space.

    And here’s a similar looking Mantis lamp, which I don’t like as much but 2k cheaper.

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