Interior Design on Treasure Thursday: Library Dining

“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.”

Anna Quindlen

I love libraries. I love entertaining. I have a long and narrow beautiful but underutilized living room/library and an elegant but far too small dining room for our friends and family. One day soon, I am switching the rooms and I will have a lovely library dining space like these.

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Jonathan Adler as shown in Domino

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Badgley Mishka as shown in Elle Decor

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by James Andrew

I love to hear from you. What do you think of multi-functional rooms?


Shall we dine?

Thinking about next week’s invitation to the New York Times Taste of T at the Architects and Designers Building in New York City.  I have never been before.  Since I’ve already waxed poetic about kitchens and still I can’t get my mind off of food, I thought I would share some of my all time favorite dining tables.

S Table Xavier Lust

S Table by Xavier Lust

S Table by Xavier Lust is made of Ecotek,  which is low maintenance and recyclable. I love the sinuous curves–the purity of the white allows the table to be all about the form.

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Riddled with LED by Steven Holl

Steven Holl designed this magnificent Riddled Table with LED lighting for Horm.  What could be more romantic than the interplay of shadows and light.

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Simplicity Table by Carlo Santambrogio

This is a great dining table for a couple that hosts lots of parties.  Between fingerprints and sharp edges, I would not recommend it for families with young children.  But I still love the simplicity of the lines–it’s clean and sculptural looking.

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Ovale IV by J. Wade Beam

I love the detail of the stainless steel balls holding up the sandblasted glass top.

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Mandarin Table by Stanley Jay Friedman

How could I resist this modern take on a classic Asian architectural motif?

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Aqua Table by Zaha Hadid

Made of gloss finished polyurethane, this sinuous table comes in black or white.  What a dramatic statement and no surprise from the master of unusual forms, architect and designer, Zaha Hadid.

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Tavolo Fix by Pinuccio Borgonova

The glass top floats above legs of stainless steel, ebony or walnut.  I could picture this in a contemporary Manhattan apartment.

Hope you enjoyed this preview of next week’s dining experience.  Can’t wait to let you know about Taste of T.

Bon appetit!

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