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by Amy Gross

coffee tables + books that look great on ‘em

Is there anything more functional than a coffee table? Typically low-slung and at seat height, it’s the perfect piece to show off décor, collect TV remotes, and, of course, hold your coffee (or martini) while you read the paper or catch up with a friend. So-called “coffee table books” also claim their space on this table. Too beautiful to be relegated to a shelf, they demand their due as pieces of art. Here are a few tables we love, and books that would great on each table. Mix and match as you like!


Bellini Modern Living Tracy Coffee Table

A perfect marriage of contemporary design and classic materials, the Tracy coffee table features a geometric metal base and a true Italian marble top, available in diameters ranging from 24 to 35 inches and in three marbles: Ancient Black, Castle Ash, and Carrara White. Each size is also varied in height so that the tables can be nested together.
$599–$769, TEMA Contemporary Furniture,
Pair it with: Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, by Wanda M. Corn, Prestel Publishing, hardcover, 320 pages.


Hancock & Moore Rio Cocktail Table

What’s the difference between a coffee table and a cocktail table? Feel free to contemplate the question while enjoying the gorgeous, weathered look of the Rio table, which is achieved from “scraping” off parts of the red lacquered top. The base is hand-hammered iron finished in antique gold leaf—a look that has a subtle sheen and a lot of depth.
$1,740, Dana Stringer Interiors,
Glam it up with: Sacred Spaces: The Awe-Inspiring Architecture of Churches and Cathedrals, by Guillaume de Laubier and Jacques Bosser, Harry N. Abrams Publishing, hardcover, 240 pages.


Four Hands Perry Coffee Table

A beautiful, sturdy table, the Perry complements nearly every style of home. The deep brown oak top is cut into a starburst pattern that’s framed with ebony sides and encircled by bright brass rings. It’s available in different sizes that can be “bunched” together for an intriguing look.
$1,500, Reside Home,
Deck it out with: Inspired Design: The 100 Most Important Designers of the Past 100 Years, by Jennifer Boles, Vendome Press, hardcover, 328 pages.


Copenhagen Wendell Coffee Table

The Wendell is classic midcentury modern thinking—sleek, rounded geometries, with plenty of storage space in the central hollow compartment for practical use. The walnut table is supported by angled spindle legs that are easy to clean under and allow air to flow beneath, for a look that’s both fresh and retro.
$425, Copenhagen Imports,
Make it pop with: Palm Springs: A Modernist Paradise, by Tim Street-Porter, Rizzoli Publishing, hardcover, 224 pages.


Hancock & Moore Frenzy Table

Topped with tempered glass for a see-through look, the Frenzy table is generously sized at 38 inches in diameter. The eye is immediately drawn to the dramatic octagonal shapes of the base, made of a forged iron in a bronze textured finish. Any way you look at it, this is one intriguing table.
$2,148, Dana Stringer Interiors,
Dress it up with: Into the Great White Sands: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian, University of New Mexico Press, hardcover, 136 pages.