CREATING MOVEMENT WITH OCCASIONAL TABLES - by Justin Shaulis

Occasional Tables are an integral component to populating rooms of all design settings. Coffee, side, pedestal and drink tables create the conversation zones that everyone craves. With so many styles to choose from, it is often the actual structure holding the horizontal surfaces of the tables aloft that are overlooked. Interesting structural design should be seen as an opportunity to introduce movement into your design.

Howard Elliott has recently introduced the Pinnacle accent table collection with polished black nickel stainless steel bases and smoked black glass tops. The collection features dynamic structural bases. The 360-degree view of the base induces curiosity and provides interest from all angles. The structural base of the tables appear to actually change shape as you move around it. 

 The structural base of the tables appear to actually change shape as you move around it. 

The structural base of the tables appear to actually change shape as you move around it. 

Another collection that I recently discovered from Howard Elliott is the new Clare collection. This grouping of occasional tables is traditionally inspired using clear acrylic columns. The clear acrylic creates an appearance that the two glass tiers are floating. The materials and design have Mid-Century Modern roots but adds a modern era flair with polished stainless steel accents. This collection creates movement through its magical disappearing columns leaving the accentuated tiers of glass seemingly suspended in mid air. 

Now that you have created statement focal pieces, it is much less of a challenge to add seating to create some practicality. Add a few well placed decorative object or sculptures, while still providing space for entertainment or simple floral displays. 

Occasional tables are practical necessities. So why not accentuate their function with some style by using them to create movement in your next design project.