Meeting point

The research on forms, sizes, proportions and materials has made it possible to create tables that respond to changing needs, conserving poise, style and elegance

Linha by Minotti, Design Marcio Kogan
Linha by Minotti, Design Marcio Kogan

A space of life and relations takes form around the dining table, a zone of convivial relaxation, conversation and shared meals. For the design of this space, the fulcrum is the table itself, which plays with forms, shifting from rectangular to round, or creating new geometric solutions. Based on the necessities of domestic spaces, it becomes a practical, versatile presence, or a true manifesto of elegance.

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Like Linha by Minotti, created by Brazilian designer Marcio Kogan of studio mk27, a dining table with a large span and a structure with a slender thickness of just 16 mm, for a top that can reach 4 meters in length. The layered support structure, with matte black lacquer finish, features sides in aluminium.

The same focus on materials can be seen in Infinito by Poltrona Frau, where designer Roberto Lazzeroni creates a table-sculpture of great theatrical impact (a limited edition). The large top with rounded lines is made in precious Turkish Lepanto red marble, and the shifted double-oval form reminds us of the yin-yang symbol, or a figure eight, with each foot made from a single block of white Carrara marble finished by hand.

Soft enveloping lines return in the Infinity (design Stefano Bigi) model by Porada, whose base comes in a new matte black metal finish. The circular top is in Rock, with a lower support surface in tempered glass.

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Piero Lissoni reprises a contemporary classic from the Porro catalogue, the Materic table, freely re-exploring its key concept, the meeting of two geometric forms in different materials. The table changes its look thanks to an upside-down assembly, where the ash wood is now used for the top and the conical base is skillfully produced in metal – burnished brass or stainless steel – for a futuristic visual impact.

Maximum respect for authenticity is also the key for Cassina, with Edison by Vico Magistretti. The choice of reissuing only the glass top enhances the profile of the base, now made in matte black or goose-bill coated steel (the orange tone was a favorite of Magistretti).

Designed by Giulio Iacchetti, the Ademar collection by Bross includes dining tables in different sizes, and stands out for the top with an ellipsoid form, offered with a profile with a uniform cross-section or at variable heights. The top is available in oak, heat-treated oak, Canaletto walnut, white Carrara and black Marquina marble. The structure with four crafted and tapered legs is in Canaletto walnut or oak, with a natural or matte lacquer finish.

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The character of Abseo, designed by Antonio Citterio for Maxalto, is underlined by the large thicknesses and the asymmetrically placed legs, all features that make it a protagonist in any space. Square or rectangular, in two sizes, it comes in a new semi-gloss tineo (Chilean wood) version, or in the more classic natural wenge and oak finishes.

Square, the first Riflessi table with a patented top, is offered in fixed or extensible versions and stands out for its squared profile softened by curves and by the absence of sharp corners. The top is available in finishes of great impact, like the new surfaces FSC® certified sunburst wood veneer, or in matte ceramic.

Sustainability is the key term for the top of the YO table by Connubia, the young contemporary brand of Calligaris Group, made with an innovative recycled material derived from recycling of post-consumer fiberglass and other fiber-reinforced compounds, known as Eco-Stone. The structure of the table designed by Archirivolto is in aluminium, the light material par excellence, with optimal mechanical properties.

The b Solitaire model by Bulthaup is a table that becomes a central focus in the home, with benches in solid oak, covered in naturally tanned leather. The grain makes every table unique, with a framework in matte black aluminium. The black bolts have various functions: they are the ideal continuation of the support structure, while joining the framework to the top and absorbing the natural tensions generated in the wood.