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Coffee tables + books that look great on ’em

by Amy Gross

Is there anything more functional than a coffee table? Typically low-slung and at seat height, it’s the perfect piece to show off décor, collect TV remotes, and, of course, hold your coffee (or martini) while you read the paper or catch up with a friend. So-called “coffee table books” also claim their space on this table. Too beautiful to be relegated to a shelf, they demand their due as pieces of art. Here are a few tables and books we love. Mix and match as you like!


Uttermost Teak Root Coffee Table

Pairing natural, unfinished teak with a clear glass top delivers drama to any living room. The sculpted look of this Matthew Williams–designed piece is sure to impress!$800, 8 Designs Furnishings & Lighting,
Glam it up with: Sacred Spaces: The Awe-Inspiring Architecture of Churches and Cathedrals, by Guillaume de Laubier and Jacques Bosser, Harry N. Abrams Publishing, hardcover, 240 pages


Flexsteel Halo Round Coffee Table

Modern and space-agey, the Halo is immediately eye-catching, with cylindrical metal bands in a soft silver finish encircling the base and an antiqued concrete top with diamond pattern detailing.
$499, Ikards Fine Home Furnishings,
Make it pop with: Into the Great White Sands: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian, University of New Mexico Press, hardcover, 136 pages


Copenhagen Fin Coffee Table

Designer Cristian Wicha was inspired by one of his passions—surfing—to create the Fin table, a gorgeous piece steeped in midcentury modern thinking: a boomerang–shaped (okay, surfboard fin–shaped!) base set on short metal legs. Generously sized and with two floating glass shelves, this table is just the thing to show off your favorite modernist décor. $849, Copenhagen Imports,
Dress it up with: Palm Springs:
A Modernist Paradise, by
Tim Street-Porter, Rizzoli Publishing, hardcover, 224 pages


Uttermost Teegan Coffee Table

Talk about a conversation piece! Crafted from natural teak and washed in a pale gray glaze, each 41-inch-square Teegan coffee table is just a little bit different, due to cracks and fissures in the wood.
$1,155, Designs by L.L. Power and Associates,
Pair it with: Inspired Design: The 100 Most Important Designers of the Past 100 Years, by Jennifer Boles, Vendome Press, hardcover, 400 pages