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4 Creative Small Coffee Table Ideas

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Looking for creative coffee table ideas? These coffee tables were created by independent top designers around the world. Note that not all of these products are available for purchase, and some are just prototypes, so use these for inspiration for new ideas. See our post on unique, small coffee tables to view products you can buy online today!

1. DS-9046 Coffee Table

Philippe Bestenheider has designed a hexagonal coffee table DS-9046 for Swiss furniture company de Sede. The simple coffee table is made of chrome and leather. Following is some information by de Sede, “When designing the DS-9046 side table, Philippe Bestenheider explored the creative possibilities offered by working with full-grain leather.

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Starting with the leather’s agreeable surface texture, of the kind familiar from old writing desks, the Swiss designer called upon first-class workmanship, devotion to detail, and the finishing skills of the Arts and Crafts movement to develop a small yet supremely elegant table in which smooth premium-quality full-grain leather is used not only to cover the hexagonal tabletop but also to sheathe the three chromium steel legs.

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The cladding of these merges smoothly into the custom-tailored and precisely-crafted woven work that gives this striking side table its slim profile and airy looks. This ensures that the DS-9046 makes an eye-catching addition to every environment. The table is available in three shades of leather, while the chromium steel legs come in two colors.”

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2. Bambi Table

Bambi Table by Norwegian designer Caroline Olsson has won 2nd place in the MUUTO talent award 2011. The table is made from birch wood and spray painted steel. According to the designer, “The table Bambi can be used at two different levels; as a coffee table or a small dining table. The table is inspired by the anatomy of the knee, where the bones can only bend one way.

The location and angle of the table legs, as well as the meeting points of the joints, help to keep the table upright and stable. When the table is folded down and used at the lower level it can give you associations to a small foal who has bent its legs and laid down to rest in the meadow.”

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3. Cages

Cages is a collection of small tables created by Mexican designer Jorge Diego Etienne. The cute small tables are made of powder-coated steel and they look like cages built for animals, only here they hold your books, magazines, and other small items. According to the designer, “Cages are a set of tables that keep safe behind bars your precious books and items. These conceptual furniture objects have an intimidating aesthetic with a ludicrous function allowing easily placing and withdrawing books through its bars, or removing its top to locate bigger objects inside. Cages provoke a dialogue about which is safer, being in or outside lockup, breaking expectations for what an occasional table’s function is.”

Cages Small Table by Jorge Diego Etienne
Cages Small Table by Jorge Diego Etienne
Cages Small Table by Jorge Diego Etienne
Cages Small Table by Jorge Diego Etienne
Cages Small Table by Jorge Diego Etienne

4. Little Ben Side Table

German design firm Studio Dreimann has created the Little Ben side table. Inspired by the traditional English tea table, the Little Ben side table is made of beechwood and has a small recess in the leg which can be used to store newspapers or magazines. Due to its small size and elegant look, the table is perfectly suitable for living rooms to use as a tea or coffee table.

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