By Karen Parr-Moody
Tables can be foundational, the anchor of a family at which generations have eaten. They can be flirty, as with a bar cart that tempts one to craft a cocktail. Then there are those dainty occasional tables to spread lavishly throughout one’s home to accommodate multiple guests and shifting needs (a martini here, a book there). Each table type serves a purpose – or multiple purposes – to foster a convivial environment where everyone feels truly at home.
Tables have been selling swiftly at GasLamp. As Covid-19 continues to affect our habits and people stay home more than before, they seek ways to make their spaces more user-friendly. At GasLamp, they find an array of tables to suit a variety of needs.
For some people, the historic pandemic has unearthed long-forgotten pastimes such as solving puzzles or crafting. But where to partake of such pursuits? At a small-ish table that is the dedicated spot for creating that intimate nook in your house or apartment. While a card table would suffice, we prefer more polish – and that can be found in this 1930s solid oak table that measures 30 by 36 inches ($695; S-520). The four fancy chairs have press backs and re-caned bottoms.
The Coppes Bros. & Zook Co. of Nappanee, Indiana crafted this Nupane Tu-Top enamel and wood table during the late 1920s ($295; Booth T-189). The antique dealers offering this table have bought and sold many enamel-top tables through the decades. They say this rare table is the only one they have seen in this design. Crafted from a natural wood base that includes a handy drawer, the table also features leaves to make it larger. But they don’t pull out from each side, which is typical. Rather, this table works like a game table: One turns the top 90 degrees then opens it up to reveal a wood top that doubles the size. It is 32 inches in height; the top is 41.5 by 25 inches when closed and 41.5 x 50 inches when open.
If one were to enter a London home of distinction in the 1700s, one would likely join guests at an oval table playing a game called Lanterloo. Introduced by the French, Lanterloo – also called “loo” – was wildly popular among the aristocracy of Georgian England, and by the 1800s it had been adopted by the growing middle class of the Victorian Era.
GasLamp currently features a “loo table” designed in the traditional way, as a tripod topped by an oval tilt top. This version is made of burl-walnut and features ornate vines carved into its circumference ($2,448; Booth B-162). It’s a space-saving design, because it can be tilted vertically when not in use and pushed to one corner of the room. When used as a dining table, this loo table comfortably sits between six to eight people and, as with any rounded table, forms an egalitarian seating arrangement.
Handmade from Tennessee cherry wood, this 19th-century drop-leaf table is an Americana find ($548; Booth T-162). Made of solid wood, this table is a beautiful reddish-brown color. With two leaves that significantly enlarge the table, this is a versatile piece that can be used as a breakfast table, dining table or console.
A vintage bar cart provides practical usage beyond the cocktail hour. It can hold plants under a sunny window or act as a chic office organizer. Midcentury modern style permeates this bar cart made of shiny chrome and smoked glass ($325; Booth T-189).
A lamp table – or accent table or end table – serves so many purposes. This vintage version in solid oak features barley twist legs and a scalloped edge on the round top. ($150; Booth T-512). The top offers display space, as does a shelf beneath.
Whether one’s overall style is traditional, rustic, minimalist or maximalist, a beautiful antique table can always find a home. GasLamp carries hundreds of tables throughout the two stores, an array of styles that will increase any home’s hospitality.
Product photos by David Wariner