We are the first to admit that the super low platform tables from West Elm and Ikea aren't really our thing. In fact, if we see any more "espresso" wood furniture we might go over the edge. We can, however, find a place in nearly any home for a low chinoiserie style platform table.
Here is a good example:
Notice the signature waisted top and curved corner legs. They became popular towards the end of the Ming dynasty (1600's), and in fact, they were often bed platforms rather than tables. They are sturdy, practical, and of course, beautiful.
What a perfect way to add some chinoiserie style to your room without making it feel to themey (that would be the decor parallel to Tim Gunn's "costumey"). These tables really work well with many different styles. We like them best when they are mixed with other non-chinoiserie pieces in a room.
A chinoiserie platform coffee table with twill slipcovered furniture seems like an unlikely pair, but it looks beautiful here! Did we mention that we want those floor-to-ceiling windows?
It also works well in this traditional and cozy living room.
Michael S. Smith in Elle Decor
Our favorite of the bunch- glossy lacquered white
Mary McDonald in Domino
In that almost peachy finish that we love to hate. But Meg knows how to do it right!
In a sunny living room with chintz abounding
Paired with pretty pastels in Marjorie Gubelman's NYC apartment
Marjorie Gubelman in Elle Decor
So simple yet beautiful in a French country home
And my latest Craigslist find for my downstairs den...
Perfect for kicking up your feet to watch tv, holding drinks when visiting with friends, and providing support (soon enough) for a baby who wants to stand up.
It needs a little work due to some scratches, but nothing some Old English (as in furniture polish, not the libation) can't fix.
The size is perfect for my big open finished basement. The lines are just what I wanted, and the brass detailing at the corners adds a little something special.
It was $50 from a guy clearing out his bachelor pad to make way for his new wife's furniture. Apparently she does not approve of this diamond in the rough. Bachelor's description: "Square Brown Coffee Table."
We just hope its replacement isn't espresso.