This month we’re talking tables with interior designer GREGORY CURRAN, who has detected the trend for separate informal dining rooms among his clients …
Cue the need for another table. “When it comes to shape, round or oval tables are very popular. I recently sourced an oval one by Ethnicraft (at Arnotts) for a client. I also replaced my own dining table with a round walnut one by Skovby, which can be extended to form an oval. I discovered Adele-C table designs at Milan Furniture Fair, and commissioned a dining table from designer Simon O’Driscoll.” Auctions are a good source for picking up antique tables, (look out for mid-century Danish design at Whytes), as well as The Store Yard in Portlaoise for unusual designs. Adding simple, modern chairs creates an instant, playful update. www.gcurrandesign.com.
Caring for tables: Dust wooden tables with lint-free cloths. To prevent warping, keep tables away from heat. Clean regularly with carnauba wax (not Pledge!). Watermarks can be removed with mayonnaise.
Multi-tasking: Create a vignette in hallways, or a natural break in an open plan room with a strategically placed console. To style consoles, create an anchor, whether a piece of art or a mirror. Styling above and below the table is important to achieve balance.
Electrun console table, €1,795; uk.jonathanadler.com
William Console, €690, at Hedgeroe Home
Paxton Dining Table, €515, at Marks & Spencer
Dark oak veneer Loft table, €4,395, at Rock Hill; www.rockhillinteriors.com
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