4 Must-Buy Tulip Tables Designers Love (You’ll Want Them, Too!)

published Nov 26, 2023
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It’s no surprise that tulip tables, which Finnish architect and designer Eero Saarinen originally designed in the 1950s, have remained popular (and even gained admiration!) throughout the years. With its iconic round base that flows into a skinny stem and bursts into a large, circular tabletop, it’s a work of art that’s also functional. 

So, at Apartment Therapy’s 2023 Small/Cool event, which welcomed visitors in Brooklyn from October 13 to October 29, it was a pleasure to see so many designers incorporate tulip tables into their room designs. And if you’re looking for a perfect dining table, you’ll want to consider these gorgeous options. 

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If you’re searching for the perfect dining table for a small space, look no further than the 24-inch Jamesdar Kurv Bistro Table. The tulip table’s slim base allows chairs to pull in closer, lending to more surrounding space when you’re not seated, which is best exemplified in Hollie Velten-Lattrell’s Small/Cool space. It’s also a plus that its all-steel materials are weather-resistant and easy to clean. 

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One of the most incredible things about tulip tables is that they’re not a one-size-fits-all design. Instead of just being traditional dining tables, they can be used in other spaces, like as a side table in Danielle Blundell’s reading room at Small/Cool. Raymour & Flanigan’s Wilco Side Table comes in two colors (red and black!) and has a steel base for sturdiness and a circular MDF top. 

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Drew Barrymore knew what she was doing when she selected Burke Decor’s Stay Outdoor Side Table for her sunny studio Small/Cool space. Even though it’s technically made for the outdoors, it works inside because it’s lightweight (around five pounds), durable (because of the coated aluminum covering), and long-lasting. 

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Not only does the Room & Board Aria Table come in seven different sizes, but it’s also hand-crafted in Wisconsin. The table flows with any space (like in DuVäl Reynolds’ room at Small/Cool) — especially because its base is spun from one piece of steel, so there aren’t any joints or breaks that distract from the smooth surface. 

It’s clear to see from 2023’s Small/Cool designers that tulip tables are here to stay. The designer’s curated spaces show how effortlessly, yet majorly, these table types benefit and flow in a room. If you’re looking for a new dining option or a drink table, these options are the way to go. 

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