Coffee tables don't often drive the design of a room, but they can be a statement piece instead of an afterthought or at least be a harmonious companion to the surrounding furniture. Equally important to the style you choose, the shape and proportion of your coffee table will help it be a functional team player in your living or sitting rom. Here are 10 standouts to help start your search.
The Origami Coffee Table is a good choice for a small room at a slight 28" diameter. The legs evoke both the traditional origami art form and the geometric shape so in vogue these days. At West Elm, $399 (special now, $319).
In design terms, the Noguchi Table sets the gold standard for coffee tables. Designed by sculptor Isamu Noguchi in 1939 as a commission from the president of MoMA, it's been a furniture icon for six decades and is now a part of MoMA's collection. At Herman Miller, $1599-1689.
The Eames Molded Plywood Coffee Table is perhaps the second most famous coffee table. Using the same technology as their iconic molded plywood chairs, this understated classic is a piece of design history. At DWR, $949-1058.
The teak base of the Cliff Coffee Table lends it a farmhouse feel which is juxtaposed against the more modern, crisp, white marble top. At Crate & Barrel, $599.
At a bit over two hundred dollars, the Stockholm Coffee Table from IKEA is on the high end of the Swedish behemoth's table collection, but it offers a high end look for a relatively modest price. A shelf for storage is a bonus. At IKEA, $229.
Acrylic furniture is a stylish choice, especially in a small space where you're looking to lighten the visual load. Peekaboo Clear Coffee Table at CB2, $279.
Warm walnut legs paired with a durable powder-coated steel top is a winning combo and makes this a versatile piece to work in modern, industrial-inspired or more traditional decor spaces. Pi Coffee Table at BluDot, $599.
A more budget-friendly option, the Gallery Coffee Table lets you show off beautiful "coffee table books" without losing a usable surface. At Urban Outfitters, $329, on special now $249).
The Slim Cocktail Table (also available in a round version) is notable because it brings some color to the party - your choice of ten colors. At Room & Board, $379.
We'd be remiss not to include a coffee table with hidden storage, great for socking away remotes, phones and tablets. The rounded corners also make it a good choice for families with young kids. Lawson Coffee Table by Hokku Designs at AllModern, $225.
(Image credits: West Elm; Herman Miller; DWR; Crate & Barrel; IKEA; CB2; Blu Dot; Urban Outfitteres; Room and Board; All Modern)