Sophisticated Side Kicks
Today we’re going to about the table of many names - drinks table, side table, martini table, occasional table, cigarette table. All are terms used for a tiny table, just big enough to hold a glass (or in times gone by, an ashtray), but not quite big enough for a vase and a stack of books, or anything decorative. These tables serve one function - to sit next to a chair and give you a spot to perch a glass or your cell phone.
If you were sitting in the fireside chairs below, where would you put a cup of tea, or a glass of wine? The drinks table in between is the perfect solution. Decorative and useful, but it doesn’t overwhelm the simplicity of the design.
Sometimes I call these tables little friends, as in the picture below. The lounge chair (front left) is far from the main seating area, so it needs a little friend next to it so it doesn’t get lonely. And if you’re sitting there, you need a little friend to help out so you aren’t awkwardly holding a glass all evening.
Another useful spot for an occasional table is next to a tub. In my University Park project, I selected a sleek and sculptural ceramic side table, just big enough to hold a glass of wine and a book while soaking your cares away.
Here are a few of my favorite drinks table selections on the market right now. First a streamlined, Bauhaus-influenced table from Bernhardt.
On the luxury end of the market are these slightly brutalist, artisan-crafted, side tables by Phillip Nimmo, in gilt iron and glass. So chic.
Kelly Wearstler’s totemic Apollo stool is definitely something I’d love to use as a drinks table. I wouldn’t want to move it though - that’s one heavy-looking tiny table!
Dunes & Duchess offers a tiny side table that’s traditional, with a twist.
And of course, you can’t beat the budget-friendly, and now iconic, Martini Table by West Elm.
Which side table is your favorite? Be sure to let me know in the comments!