The PaperClip Table

The PaperClip Table

Susie Nadler
Oct 7, 2009

Inexpensive imitiations of the Knoll PaperClip table design have been popping up on our radar of late. The table is so lovely and timeless that we're not surprised to see big companies trying to make a more accessible (and, of course, lower quality) side table version...

The PaperClip Table, designed by Massimo and Lella Vignelli in 1994, of course takes as its own model the classic mid-century table with hairpin legs. But by joining a whole set of hairpin legs in the center as a kind of pedestal, the Vignelli design adds a fun, modern twist.

For those who can't afford the Knoll table's $1,000-plus price tag, CB2 and Urban Outfitters both carry their own similar, smaller version, a side table with hairpin legs bunched at the center. And what about a DIY option? Well, hairpin legs are readily available online... find a tabletop, get to work on your own PaperClip-inspired design, and you're good to go!

The options, from high to low to DIY, pictured above...

1 The small PaperClip Cafe Table from Knoll runs at $1,045 from Allmodern.
2 The PaperClip's precursor (of sorts): a 1950's-era table with hairpin legs and a crazy marble top. $295 on 1st Dibs.
3 CB2's cute Paperclip Side Table, with its walnut veneer top, is available for $199.
4 The De La Tour side table at Urban Outfitters has sleek chrome hairpin legs. $150.
5 Ian Maclean, an Ohio-based cabinetmaker and metal fabricator, sells handmade hairpin legs, ranging from $14 to $34 apiece, on his site.

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