One of the design details that kept showing up throughout the Maison & Objet booths was the concept of two tables, of slightly varied heights, shown together. Used as a cocktail/coffee table or as a side table, this twin table trend was everywhere at the show...
It's a look that has the potential to help the dynamics of a room. It switches things up by breaking up the grid that it often formed by your sofa, chair and coffee table and will add a little visual and spacial interest through the difference in height and sometimes even the color of the two tables.
It's a trend that has a practical side too - anytime something becomes modular, it broadens the ways that you can use it, the spaces it can fit in and, most likely, the length of time the piece is useful. Down the road, you may end up splitting up the twins for a new look, but that is ok - if you like the basic design of the table, it's likely you'll find use for them as solo pieces as well.
Included here are also some single tables that mimic the twin table look (photos 9 & 10); they have multiple height surfaces attached to one base.
What do you think of the twin table trend?
Images: Janel Laban