A coffee table is a style of long, low table which is designed to be placed in front of (or next to) a sofa or upholstered chairs to support beverages (hence the name), magazines, books (especially large, illustrated coffee table books), and decorative objects. In some situations, such as during a party, plates of food may be placed on the table.
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In Europe, the first tables specifically designed as and called coffee tables, appear to have been made in Britain during the late Victorian era (1837-1901).
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According to the listing in Victorian Furniture by R.W. Symonds & B.B. Whineray and also in The Country Life Book of English Furniture by Edward T. Joy, a table designed by E. W. Godwin in 1868 and made in large numbers by William Watt, and Collinson and Lock, is a coffee table. If this is correct, it may be one of the earliest made in Europe. Other sources, however, list it only as "table" so this can be stated categorically. Far from being a low table, this table was about twenty-seven inches high. Source: Wikipedia
Now that you are a coffee table expert,
Lets take a look at a few modern day coffee tables on our showroom floors that are available to you now! In addition to a large assortment of typical wood tables in different shapes and finishes, we like to show some more eclectic styles as well...
Getting things started on our Southampton showroom floor we have this unique trunk coffee table. Reminiscent of an antique steamer trunk it also features lift top storage. It's covered in gray canvas, accented with antiqued leather & wood trim.
Back to Southampton, customize your space with Andrew Martin's iconic Large Alphabet Table. This unique combination of weathered wood and a gunmetal finish top is a perfect conversation starter.
We'll shake things up a little in Ship Bottom with this round natural jute cocktail table. This table features a light natural Pandan rope finish that will compliment any coastal home especially your living space.
And another in Southampton is the Mesa Cocktail Table. This gem instantly inspires with its unique design and features layers of gray-veined marble and a breezy, matte-finished wood. Topped off with stone and wood.