What would a living room be without the humble coffee table? This piece of furniture is a must have item, but so often only serves a utilitarian purpose, suffering the indignity of coffee and tea stains and all to often obscured by to many books and magazines. It doesn’t have to be this was, though – yours can be much more than that, as these creative coffee table designs prove.
1. MSTRF AD Block Series Table
A hand-crafted, contemporary design with a decidedly Modernist, abstract/cubist twist. A very unusual creation, where the flowing outer edges contrast with the straight, almost mechanical inlet design.
2. Steampunk Coffee Table
This table weighs in at over 400 pounds, so it is safe to say that it is best placed in a specific area where you won’t want it moved too often! Steampunk (a genre of science fiction that features steam-powered machinery) is a huge trend at the moment, and new ideas for everyday furnishings are springing up all the time. With examples of cog-filled beauty such as these, is there any wonder why?
3. Han Solo Coffee Table
We all ready featured something similar in our 20 Pieces of Furniture Every Geek Will Love post. Film and sci-fi buffs will love this cheeky homage to the Star Wars films, and can now pretend they’re Jabba the Hutt, while enjoying a nice cup of tea.
4. Circuit Board Coffee Table
The geek chic does not stop at the Han Solo table. Furniture makers have gone one further and encased what looks like a supercomputer into a coffee table.
5. Bentley Engine Coffee Table
Just as geeky as the last three tables, but in a different way. This is an actual Bentley engine made into a table.
6. Arktura Strand Coffee Table
“How does it work?” you may ask. Well, there is a glass top provided, but the structure is rather deceiving – the table can in fact hold things on top of it regardless.
7. Thomas Wold Mushroom Coffee Table
Not only a clever fungi-themed design, but it has a variety of levels, too.
8. Typography Coffee Table
This typography coffee table is elegant, functional, and will look great in a variety of contemporary-looking spaces.
9. Doll House Coffee Table
Multi-function tables that allow for storage at different heights as well as encouraging playfulness is an all-round win for people of every age.
10. Ouija Board Coffee Table
Spirit boards have come under a lot of fire from many places, but for those who enjoy their horror movies and are rather partial to a Halloween séance, this could well provide a few of hours fun on those long, dark, stormy nights.
11. Book Coffee Table
This is a table that could easily be fashioned by oneself – simple ideas are always best. Just don’t start pulling out books to read!
12. Art Deco Coffee Table
A genuine antique Art Deco table. This had to be on the list as it’s a one-of-a-kind and looks absolutely stunning.
13. Aquarium Coffee Table
Hard as it may be to believe, this coffee table is a real aquarium, with real fishes. Remember to clean the aquarium regularly, though…
14. Nagai Expandable Coffee Table
A coffee table that can expand into four mini tables and also provide storage space in the middle. Sleek, stylish and supremely functional.
15. Ancient Mariner Tree Root Coffee Table
A table that one can use to tell stories with an unreliable narrative in a very convincing manner. Hand-crafted, and can double as a sitting stool. Perfect for libraries.
16. Chain Link Coffee Table
Another table constructed from unusual materials, although this one looks sturdier than many others. Could easily fit the set of The Crystal Maze.
17. Fractal Coffee Table
Mathematicians, biologists and nature-lovers rejoice! A coffee table where the shape is based upon the fractal growth pattern of trees. Yet another example of how geeky things can look both beautiful and original.
18. Gaming Coffee Table
Gaming tables are classics, and they’re not seen often enough. Chess is a game commonly found on such coffee tables, but this one includes backgammon, monopoly, dominoes and a green table for card games such as poker. Of course, the table can also be flipped and used as a plain table.
19. Turntable Coffee Table
Another hand-crafted piece, made to look like a pair of turntables and a mixer. Unfortunately, the table does not actually play records, but the black, vinyl-looking lacquer does make it deceiving.
20. Svend Aage Jessen Coffee Table
An antique piece again. The centre of the table is ceramic, whilst the four rosewood sides are separated by legs that are seemingly placed in an impractical position, but in actuality maximise space for those sitting around it. One of the largest coffee tables on this list.