• 3-For-1 Design: How Do You Choose A Side Table?

    You understand the value of a side table best when you’re without one, and aren’t able to put down a drink or book when lounging. But how do you choose that side table? The one that’s going to complement your existing furniture, and maintain the right balance of fashion and function? We polled Nate, and his team from the design firm, Lauren Buxbaum Gordon, and Lauren Allan for their advice.


    LAUREN B. SAYS: Bigger is better.

    “I love a side table that’s generous in size and catches my eye. I always steer clear of tiny tables, instead, gravitating toward unique shapes or interesting bases that can really ground a room.”



  • NATE SAYS: Don’t go too precious.

    “You need a side table with a little patination, a little character – if for no other reason, so you don’t have to always have coasters ready. I also like one with a sculptural quality, that has a thick base –or three or four legs – so I know it’s going to be sturdy.”



  • LAUREN A. SAYS: Go a little wild.

    “Look for great legs – one of the best places to go bold is with a side table! I love vintage tables especially, which can instantly add character and charm. Or look out for up and coming designers creating side tables that become instant conversation pieces.  These pieces can be living art, and really help a room feel assembled over time.”

All interiors by Nate Berkus Associates. Photographed by Patrick Cline for Lonny Magazine, Roger Davies for ELLE DECOR, and Bob Coscarelli for Chicago Home + Garden Magazine.

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