"Very graceful," says Sara Bengur of the gilded-metal base. "The finish gives it an antique look." The limed-oak tray is inlaid with faux shagreen. "This has a lot of elements, but compositionally it works well." She sees the 24.25"-tall table in a range of settings, from traditional to eclectic.
Barclay Butera picks this table as his favorite, admiring the dark imbuia-wood frame, smoky crystal surface, and X-form stretchers. It's multi-purpose, too: The tray lifts off to reveal an identical tabletop below. For Butera, a pair of the 25.5"-tall pieces is well suited for entertaining and could function as a tall cocktail table.
"The top stitching is nice, and it's clever how they made notches for the handles," Bengur says of the black leather tray. When it is removed, the lacquered-metal frame serves as a stand-alone end table with a sleek profile. Given its masculine feel, the 22"-tall table would look great in a clean-lined interior, she says.
"This is an ideal bar stand," Butera says, citing the table's 37.25" height. The parchment-covered tray comes with leather handles; brass details zigzag along the wood frame, giving it a nautical air. "It's a smart-looking mixed-media piece," he adds.
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For Bengur, this leather tray in chic orange conjures up 1930s French style. She's intrigued that it comes in a rainbow of other hues: "I love a shock of color in a space." The legs of the 20.5"-tall walnut base converge at precise mitred corners. "It's nicely done and sculptural," she notes. "It would be perfect beside a chair."
Butera gives this 29"-tall rattan tray table high marks for versatility and value: "It's a practical piece for the money, and you get a lot of look." In the bathroom, it could hold a tissue box and hand towels, he says. "Or drop in a nickel-plated tray and use it as a bar." He also envisions it on a terrace for alfresco meals.
Coated in glossy resin, this slender 31"-tall table would be at home in an airy living room with a neutral palette. For Bengur, it's also a natural in the bathroom. "You could put bath oils on it, or use the tray to carry in water or tea as you're dressing in the morning." Given its 14" diameter, it could also work as a plant stand, she notes.
"In red, this makes a statement," says Butera. "And the cutout detailing is very good-looking." With a mirrored surface and a high-shine finish, the 35.5"-tall stand is a fitting place for all your cocktail accoutrements, he says, and the open-front tray gives the bartender room to work. The base also folds up for easy storage.
With its rustic metal frame and mirrored surface, this 20"-tall table could fit in front of a loveseat, says Bengur; or two could sit side by side to suit a larger sofa. She also sees it on a covered porch, where the sturdy tray will stay put in breezy weather. "It has an outdoor feel and would look great paired with wicker," she says.
"This is what I call accessible design," says Butera of the streamlined 24.5"- tall table. The lacquered-wood tray is handy for informal gatherings; afterward, the metal frame can tuck into a closet. He imagines this in a New York studio and adds that it could fit in well with furnishings in a variety of styles.
A lively mix of patterns and colors defines the New York decorator's interiors and not-for-profit projects. She's currently working on a line of textiles that draws on her Turkish roots.
The West Coast designer crafts interiors and furniture collections, including a line inspired by Hearst Castle. New outdoor fabrics by Kravet are due this spring.