Contemporary coffee tables with a modern design furnish the living room offering different interpretations and styles. Precious marble or glass, functional resin while a wooden version revisits classical aesthetics. They have multiple uses: living room, near a sofa, or paired with a bookcase or storage unit. We selected some modern coffee tables by B&B Italia for you.
This contemporary coffee table, an iconic piece that ushered in the 1980s, is now revisited in homage to Paolo Piva, the great architect and interior designer who passed away two years ago. A highly successful classic and sought-after vintage furnishing complements, Alanda is one of the most typical design objects of a period with a wealth of strong, daring stylistic signs, often in a dialogue with architecture, reproducing its most attractive, characteristic elements in miniature.
The Alanda’s structure, serving as both pedestal and support, recalls a group of upturned pyramids, a geodetic frame that has always characterized it as if it was a magical object, entrapping and amplifying cosmic energy.
Barber & Osgerby have given these modern coffee tables the same care and attention they gave their more iconic project, Tobi-Ishi. The innovation seems more formal than functional. Softness and stiffness, a combination of contrasting materials, and minimal details that create imperceptible movements in the development of the shapes are the recurrent themes of the duo from London, whose language is recognizable even when it comes to service elements. The lacquered cylindrical bases are slightly rounded at the bottom to soften their geometry and produce soft, well calibrated shapes and precise details. These contemporary coffee tables are simple and elegant and suit any room.
Square coffee table to be used in the conversation area with the dual role of convenient surface and seat, by exploiting its soft portion. The small ottoman forms the set with a consistent graphic spirit. Top and partitions can be satin or glossy painted MDF wood fibre panel and the support frame can be bronzed nickel painted, painted black chrome or bright chromed drawn steel.
Hive means “beehive”, a project that evokes the complex structure generated by the design of small elements that can create objects with great architectural consistency, like a beehive. The Atelier OI started with the materials, discarded pieces of leather in particular.
“We asked B&B Italia to send us the left over pieces of leather for one week. They were qualitatively perfect but unusable because they were too small, and we started working with them.”
The three-dimensional surface was created by sewing together small petals of leather, modular pieces left over from the manufacturing process, through the central incisions that follow a pattern of repeating hexagons. It’s magnificient to interior design, this coffee table took two years of work to perfect the final design and in spite of its complexity, it is poetic and delicate, an object that looks like a flower and its leaves.
Fat-Fat – Lady-Fat
Inspired by the once popular sand-filled ash trays. Hence the creation of service elements made of three variants to be used as convenient surface in various situations. In this round coffee table, the internal compartment can be used as a container by lifting the trays, while the external fabric and leather covers come in a wide range of colours.
«Like the Harbor armchairs that are carved out from an upside down conical mass, these small tables were originally made by the same process. However they looked rather too solid and heavy so I shaved off some of the mass, then its arches resembled the Roman arches of Colosseum.»
This small coffee table fits smoothly into the highly successful product category of accessories, furnishing elements that change function according to occasion and need, and for Colosseo this means transforming from coffee table to pouf. When designing this new product, Fukasawa arrived at the shape he was searching for by considering a solid in the form of an upside-down truncated cone, lightened by arch-shaped grooves that define the surface, creating an assonance with the structure of the famous Roman arena it is named after. This contemporary coffee table is made of hard polyurethane painted in sixteen glossy colours,
What do you think about these contemporary coffee tables? Which one would you purchase?