The legendary King Arthur is said to have chosen a round table for his court so that his knights would be considered as equals. Since a round table has no “head of the table,” there could be no fighting over rank.
Fast forward to this century, and the round table is enjoying a comeback. Many traditionalists are opting for the conversation-friendly round shape in lieu of the long, rectangular table that has been the star of the show for decades. The round shape allows for easy interaction and viewing of one’s fellow diners, and is considered the “polite” table. Hence its use at weddings, restaurants and other social gatherings.
There are many options in various price ranges available. Here are a few examples:
The Planet CS/4005-V/VS is a contemporary design by Calligaris. This visually light dining table comes with a choice of a chrome or glossy white finished base with a transparent, tempered glass top. Available in small and large sizes, it’s well paired with colourful chairs.
Available at Casa Di Luce
The Julien dining table is perfect for those who like a minimalist look. Equally suitable for a breakfast nook or dining room, it’s 60 inches across and seats four comfortably. The faux marble tabletop sits on a lacquered, chip-resistant metal base that is available in white, gold and rose gold.
Available at wayfair.ca
For those who love colour, the Mesa round dinette table, created by the German design duo 45 Kilo, stands out. Its unsealed solid-marble top sits atop a base that is available in yellow, dark teal, white and black. The table is 44 inches in diameter and requires two people for assembly (because of its weight). Shown here with the yellow base, this is a table that will light up the space it’s in.
Available at EQ3
The Mid-century Modern design of the Conan dining table, combined with its veneered starburst-designed tabletop in a walnut finish will add a touch of glamour to your home. With solid rubberwood legs, this table is sturdy and beautiful. Available in two sizes: for three to four people and four to six people (the larger table is only $60 more). The use of tabletop coasters is recommended.
Available at Article.com
The MÖRBYLÅNGA, shown here with an oak veneer, is an inexpensive option, but is nonetheless highly stylish. The oak veneer has been stained in a rich brown, and dovetail joints lend a crafted look to its simple design.
Available at Ikea.ca •
NOTE: To fit a round table accommodating six people in your space, you will need 11 feet on all sides to enable movement when the chairs are pulled out. Unlike a rectangular table, the round version’s chairs don’t go all the way in, so you’ll need more space, especially when people are seated.