Good Questions: Is A Table With A Veneer Top Worth It?

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Hello AT,

I'm looking into buying a new dining table, but I'm amazed that practically every high-end, "designer" wood table has a veneer top. Eames, Cherner, Noguchi, Nelson... all of them! Why? Is it worth investing in a table like this? Does anyone have one at home? Does the
veneer hold up to daily abuse?

Thanks for your help!

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.