Not Necessarily My Style, But I’m Still In Lust

I don’t know the story behind this table – I found it on my wanderings and a Tineye search yielded nothing – but I’m finding it really, really inspirational. Normally, I lean toward Saarinen’s beautiful Tulip table when I think of how I’d like to outfit my kitchen. But there’s something about invading my rather artificial and absurdly colorful cooking and eating space with natural, unfinished wood that makes me feel a little giddy.

Does anyone else get a kick out of doing that – of taking something ridiculously out of place and making it the focal point of a room that’s decorated in a completely different style?

3 Responses to “Not Necessarily My Style, But I’m Still In Lust”

  1. Tiffany January 20, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    I could do that in a kitchen. Formal dining room, no. But kitchen? I’d totally rock that.

  2. Cheryl January 22, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Well, yes. Our dining room is quite large and very formal, and is immediately off an equally formal large space that has a grand piano and a fifteen-foot-high wall of windows with silk drapes. Formal. Our dining room table is a communion table, hand-hewn, from a South American monastery. It is rough and worn with a gorgeous patina. The roughness and heft looks beautiful with the modern chairs we use. It is such a conversation piece, too. My husband shopped for it for YEARS before we found the one we wanted. Definitely worth the wait.

  3. Christa Terry January 23, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    @Tiffany I think it could be awesome in a formal dinning room, actually, as a showpiece that stands out because it’s so different from the rest of the space. Like how the one modern item in a room full of antiques sometime just works.

    @Cheryl Holy moly, that sounds amazing! My grandparents live in a threshing barn that was converted into a gorgeous house. And in addition to having part of the original threshing room floor in the dining room, the kitchen island – in the decidedly modern kitchen – was also made out of the original floor. You can see all these interesting slices and scrapes. It’s really fantastic.