The Best Dining Tables For A Modern Home
Not only can a great dining table transform the look, feel and character of your dining space, it also serves as a place for conversation, laughter and quality time with loved ones.
Dining tables are central to life at home - they're not just for mealtimes. Many dining tables double as a workspace, a games table, a place to host guests or simply a place to sit and savour a quiet moment. They come in many shapes, sizes and finishes, read our handy guide for tips on choosing the right dining table for you. No matter the style, shape, or primary function, we believe the dining table plays a vital role in every home. Here are ten of our favourite designs.
Boasting a super sleek design, the T12 Dining Table from Hay features a slender profile complemented with soft rounded edges. Defined by its pure functionality, HAY’s T12 Table serves well both a dining table or a work desk, making it ideal for those who work from home. Fundamental to the table’s design are the legs, which are positioned in the corners to seat as many people as possible, and the generous size which offers optimal working space.
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The Knoll Saarinen Tulip Dining Tables by design icon Eero Saarinen are part of his Pedestal Collection. Originally designed in 1957, a Tulip Dining Table is a wonderful way to bring a mid-century influence into the home.
Saarinen designed the collection in response to what he called, the "ugly, confusing, unrestful world" underneath tables and chairs. These instantly recognisable dining tables are available in round or oval and offer a timeless appeal alongside practical design. Available in five sizes with multiple marble, wood and laminate finishes.
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The Copenhague Deux range is designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Danish design brand Hay. A modern take on the traditional dining table, the Copenhague Deux has been created with compact spaces in mind. It features the circular CPH220 and rectangular CPH210 dining tables.
The tabletop laminate uses nanotechnology which makes the surface anti-fingerprint and easy to clean, great for homes with sticky fingers! The Hay Copenhague Deux family are beautifully designed and practical for the modern home.
Designed by Sami Kallio, the &Tradition In Between SK6 Dining Table draws on Kallio's own heritage. Crafted from sturdy oak, a beautiful and reliable material that is steeped in Scandinavian history. The SK6 Dining Table uses a combination of traditional wood craftsmanship, such as compression moulding and woodturning, together with innovative veneer techniques. It is a homage to the designer's Nordic heritage and knowledge of wood making, as well as his modern, Scandinavian sense of simplicity.
In his 'Between Gaps' series, Kallio sets out to explore the relationship between an object and its surroundings. “My concept started from the outside inwards,” explains Kallio. “The table has no negative spaces, but it can be paired with any chair, in any timeframe in any space”.
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The Invisible Table, designed by Tokujin Yoshioka for Kartell, is light and functional. Invisible is a square dining table which boasts to be the largest form created from a single mould in plastic. Created through a pioneering injection technique using only a single mould, it can withstand substantial weight and maintain stability, marking an advance in technological innovation and construction methods.
As suggested in the table's name, objects which sit on its surface appear as though they are suspended in mid-air. Embodying Kartell's signature material and finish, The Invisible Dining Table adapts to its surroundings thanks to its clean and minimal design.
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The Loop Dining Table from Hay is part of the minimal and highly functional Loop series. Designed by Leif Jørgensen, the collection boasts a well-designed and ultra-functional series of coat stands, wardrobe furniture and tables, all with a consistent family identity.
This modern dining table is instantly recognisable thanks to its three-legged trestles that hold up the tabletop. Ideal for modern living, this table easily doubles as a work desk. Available in a range of sizes and finishes. The top is available in either black linoleum with a black plywood edge or white laminate with raw plywood edge.
Shop the Hay Loop Dining Table online at Utility today, starting at £599
The Carl Hansen CH327 Dining Table was designed by Hans J.Wegner in 1962. Manufactured by Carl Hansen & Son in Denmark, the CH327 is every inch a Danish design classic, serving as a perfect example of how creativity combined with excellent craftsmanship can result in timelessly exciting design.
CH327 is a solid wood dining table with softened edges and rounded legs that become narrower towards the floor. Interlocking sculptured beams create a strong base and an attractive silhouette, exhibiting a high level of craftsmanship. The legs have a rounded profile offset against the more angular and precise edges of the tabletop.
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Simple and elegant, the Linear Wood Table features a modern silhouette and understated details. Muuto is rooted in Scandinavian design tradition characterized by enduring aesthetics, functionality and craftsmanship. The Linear Wood Table is a stunning example of this less is more approach to design, it radiates the modern Danish aesthetic. Crafted from oak veneer and solid oak legs, this contemporary dining table is available in various lengths to suit your space.
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Designed by iconic Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, the Artek 91 Dining Table looks as modern today as when it was first designed in 1935. The elegant four-leg structure echos the silhouette of the instantly recnognisable Artek 60 Stool.
With legs and edge-bands of Finnish birch, the Round 91 dining table radiates natural beauty and warmth, moving easily between public and private spheres in accordance with Alvar Aalto’s belief in versatile furniture. The top is available in birch, linoleum, or laminate, materials that age gracefully over time and last across generations.
Shop the Artek Alto Round 91 Dining Table online at Utility today, starting at £1434
The ultimate dining table for eating al fresco comes from the comprehensive Hay Palissade collection. Designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, the Palissade Dining Table recalls a familiar feeling - like the furniture seen on a country estate - but has a contemporary twist. Made from powder-coated or hot galvanised steel Palissade is strong without being bulky, light without being fragile.
Palissade is intended to be used over a longer period of time and become more beautiful over the years. No need to worry about having to move the table in the winter months, Palissade is designed to withstand being left outside all year round.
Shop the Hay Palissade Dining Table online at Utility today, starting at £735
11. Small Space Pick : Hay Tilt Top Dining Table
The Hay Tilt Top Folding Table is an ingenious folding round dining table designed by duo Scholten & Baijings for Hay.
Based on a traditional Dutch design of the 1700s for rooms where living space was tight, this contemporary new variation brings an original idea bang up to date. The base simply folds flat and the top tilts to fit flush with it so the table can easily be stored against a wall when not in use.
Perfect for small flats or for tight living spaces the Tilt table is ideal for dining or as a work station. In three stained ash veneer colours, this versatile table is also ideal when extra table capacity is required.
Shop the Hay Tilt Top Table online at Utility today, starting at £475