Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I Just Don't Get It...

Last week in High Point, the showrooms seemed to have an awfully large number of these:

Low coffee tables. Actually, "low" is generous, as most of them were literally blocks of wood laid smack on the ground. Very minimalistic, which is fine, but I have to wonder how functional they are? What purpose do they serve (other than tripping guests?) Can you imagine bending over to that height everytime you wanted to take a sip of your drink? The height is all wrong for throwing one's feet up on it. I suspect they are even too low to eat at if you're sitting on the floor.

This one from West Elm at least had a companion table at normal height.

Yet another example...the small reveal around the bottom keeps this one from being completely clunky.

I really wrestled with the purpose of these tables, and the only thing I could come up with is that they would be great for holding drinks, popcorn, and remote controls if you were lying on the floor right next to it. What do you think of this trend? Does anyone out there have one? If so, am I missing something?

Cote de Texas is talking coffee tables too--high coffee tables. (Which make a lot more sense to me.) Click on over there and compare the difference. 


  1. Good heavens, let's hope this trend dies a quick death!

  2. Can you just see the first party you have after putting one of these in place? Two glasses of wine in, and half your guests are at the hospital because they fell over the coffee table.