A recent article by Stacy Downs of The Kansas City Star explains just that. “Not only is it a place to set your drinks and the remote, it’s a place for laptops, tablet computers and smartphones,” Michelle Lamb, a home furnishings designer told the reporter.
The article, entitled Coffee tables enter a ‘golden age’ explains how the “Seinfeld era” in the early 90’s found coffee tables used mostly for drinks and food, the 50’s referred to them more as cocktail tables, with less wood in the design and more chrome. Each era has had it’s own appeal to this key piece of furniture.
It’s now “a place to work,” Lamb continued in The Kansas City Star interview. Lamb travels all over to trade shows and studies how furniture makers, like Manchester Wood, respond and adapt furniture to changing lifestyles.
“It’s combining sculptural art pieces with multiple functions,” Rick Janecek, a creative director and designer of Global Views, a home décor wholesale company told the Star.
The coffee table is evolving into a further artistic expression in the home, as well as its design in supplying the many functions we now desire in this age of technology. With laptops, iPads, Kindles, the uses stretch as Lamb said for “a place to work,” not just for setting a drink and the remote, while watching your favorite show.
In this era of multitasking, the coffee table is arriving as an impromptu desk with a fresh demand and need to be met. Manchester Wood, your American made solid wood furniture retailer is unveiling many designs this year for the coffee table, including one very soon that plays into the mobility and simply technical lifestyle the world seeks to find.
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Downs, Stacy. (2012, 02 28). Coffee tables enter a ‘golden age’. The Kansas City Star. Retrieved from http://www.kansascity.com/2012/02/28/3456531/coffee-tables-enter-a-golden-age.html#storylink=misearch