Kitchen & Dining Room Tables in Mid Century Style
As the centre piece of any dining room and a place where the family comes together after a long day, kitchen table is one of the most important pieces of furniture in a modern home. But far from being purely functional, kitchen and dining room tables can be true gems of furniture design.
How are our tables made?
All the wooden tables in our offer are made from wood sourced from the best suppliers around the world – from Northern German ash and oak to the exotic acacia and suar wood that is reaching our customers all the way from the islands of Oceania. Ensuring the highest quality of our designs always begins out in the field, with our experts working together with suppliers to source the wood of just the right age, elasticity and texture. Some of the wood types we are working with are exceptionally fast-growing and eco-friendly, while other might reach our workshops after as much as 15 or 20 years of uninterrupted growth.
Once the wood reaches our craftsmen, they will commence the long process of preparation – for most types of wood we work with this will involve as much as 65 days of controlled drying in a specialised woodworking stove (or a kiln) during which the moisture level inside the wood is carefully measured. Once the water content is brought to a level between 8% and 12%, the raw timber is ready for further processing. Timing and precision are essential here, as only by ensuring this precise amount of moisture, our specialist can prevent cracking, wrinkling or wrapping of the wood later down the road.
The prepared wood is carefully inspected for various imperfections and the moisture level is double checked before it is sent for further processing. Different tables in our offer will require different approaches to production – some wood will be sent to factories where it will be industrially processed under the watchful eye of our engineers, while a much larger part will remain in the workshops where our experienced craftsmen will begin an even longer process of manual production and subsequent assembly of some of the most exclusive and sought-after tables from our offer.
Mid century design and contemporary dining tables
When talking about various design movements and schools that have profoundly shaped our understanding of stylish and functional furniture today, it is impossible not to mention the amazing contribution of mid century furniture designers who introduced sleek elegant lines, organic shapes and timeless elegance flawlessly fused with practical value to the general public. This design movement was highly influential back in the day, but it has also stood the test of time, shaping our understanding of the aesthetics of the everyday even in the present times.
Kitchen and dining room tables manufactured in mid century style presented what was at that time revolutionary focus on simple elegance, rejecting the heavily ornamented and truly massive designs of the previous era. Instead of that, they focused on subtle lines and forms in an almost minimalist manner while never letting their aesthetic consideration get in the way of functionality of the finished products. But by developing their approach to design in such a way, creators of the mid century era unwittingly contributed to two other emerging trends – the suitability of mid century designs for other décor styles and on the other hand, the openness of mid century décor styles to iconic MCM furniture pieces.
Mid century dining tables and kitchen tables
Kitchen and dining tables designed and manufactured in mid century modern style tend to be mostly focused on functionality and practical value with a usable top surface with plenty of space. However, these functional aspects never collide with the aesthetic appeal of these models. The exact nature of their stylistic appeal will largely depend on the type of materials used for the production. Ranging from metal to plastic, glass or marble, these materials can be used either as accents or as the main constituents of the design.
Many mid century style tables are designed in such a way to combine two contrasting materials. Wooden surface and minimalist metal legs are a very popular combination which more commonly than not borrows from MCM style just as much as from industrial design.
But, undoubtedly the single most popular material used in mid century dining and kitchen table is wood. Wooden dining tables in MCM style are easily recognisable due to their simple form that transfers majority of the stylistic influence on the raw natural beauty of wood itself. Designers from this era were true masters in utilising natural forms, shapes and textures to create truly breath-taking creations.
Styling with dining tables
While we have emphasised more than once the focus of MCM style tables on functionality, one should not lose out of sight their aesthetic qualities and most notably the ways that they can be mixed and matched with other furniture pieces to create a truly unique and personal stylistic expression.
It goes without saying that dining chairs are the most influential elements in this regard as they will end up as a part of a greater whole together with the table you choose to get. And while mid century style dining tables tend to be very flexible when it comes to matching various seating solutions (including not only chairs, but also benches), there are of course some models that go with them better than the others.
Wishbone chairs are a long time favourite and they are a perfect match for most mid century wooden kitchen tables, as they can ensure continuity of the texture. But, you might decide to go with a bit less uniform look and break that continuity for a more vivid expression. If this is more your style, a wooden kitchen table can be flawlessly combined with Eames plastic chairs with wooden base (like DSW for example). The result will be perfectly balanced, yet much more colourful stylistic expression.