Furniture Focus: Classic Console Tables

Furniture Focus: Classic Console Tables

Anna Hoffman
Jun 24, 2011

There are certain classic pieces of furniture that have endured into the modern era. The classic console table, for example, is mostly a traditional opportunity for display, but it can be dressed down and even replaced by chests and dressers that can double as storage. Here is an inspiration gallery of classic-looking consoles in contemporary interiors.

In traditional interiors, consoles are often merely tabletops on delicate legs, and sometimes are demi-lune piers that attach to the wall. They are typically surmounted by mirrors or artwork, and can have interesting little vignettes or collections on display.

In 18th-century France, this traditional pier table type was supplanted to some extent by the commode, which was usually a chest of drawers, sometimes with cabinets in front. So it's equally traditional to use a table-type console and a dresser-type console.

I also like the Renaissance-era throwback of skirting a table with beautiful fabric, concealing whatever is beneath and adding color, texture and patina to the vignette.

1. A foyer designed by Jonathan Berger, photo by Francesco Lagnese for House Beautiful.
2. A stair landing in designer Michael Angus' home, photo by Michael Graydon for House and Home.
3. An antique demi-lune console in Christian Louboutin's home, via From the Right Bank.
4. A few Hollywood Regency pieces add a glamorous twist to a Georgian-style console table, via The Simply Luxurious LifeĀø.
5. An inlaid dresser serves as a console table in a living room, via Brabourne Farm.
6. A classic family room designed by Jill Morris, photo by Chuck Baker for House Beautiful.
7. A skirted console in a Mary McDonald interior, via Little Blue Deer.
8. A traditional dresser looks appealingly run-down in this Nathan Turner interior, via High Street Market.

Do you have a console in your home? Which traditional type do you prefer?

Images: As linked above.

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