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The Drink Table Defined

Got a thirst for getting to know these handy little side tables?
Roxanne Robinson May 24, 2021
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Perusing the lobby of any fancy hotel undoubtedly bears witness to drink tables in full glory. As the name suggests, a drink table is designed for holding your glass or cup. Generally, this also means they are taller than the average small occasional table so they are able to perch elegantly above a sofa or couch’s armrest line. But, these small side tables – some only measure seven inches in diameter – can add substantial personality and a dose of practicality to any room. To demonstrate, witness the hand-cast Venetian glass Lily cocktail table by Tom Faulkner, which are described as jewels. An apt description for these beauties that add an accessorizing accent like jewelry for the home.

WHY WE LOVE DRINK TABLES

The drink table’s attributes are many. First, aside for providing a surface for a drink, they can also be used to bolster house plants. Second, they make use of small spaces that wouldn’t usually accommodate  a regular-sized side table. Additionally, they can provide an alternative to coffee tables when space doesn’t allow for one. Furthermore, a small side table can provide a key decorative element that doesn’t feel overwhelming. And, best yet, this furniture piece is usually more affordable than either a side table or coffee table just based on its inherent size. Nest Casa has sourced the top five best drink tables styles to invest in now. Our picks are sure to instill a quest to satiate the need for one of these brilliant small accent tables as you maximize the style potential in your own space.

INNOVATION AND THE DRINK TABLE

Ahead of the top five, it’s important to point out one of the most genius drink tables we have come across to date. Recently, Nest Casa visited the showroom of legendary designers, Rinck, in Paris. This 180-year-old custom furniture, woodworking, and interior design firm had recently revived its collection business when Valentin Goux returned to the family-business in 2018. They released the first full collection for 2020 after a 48-year hiatus from presenting a complete, new annual collection.

One of Goux’s first tasks was hiring an archivist to sift, organize and catalog the firm’s complete body of work. While researching patents in Paris Hotel de Ville or city hall, the historical documenter came across a patent filed in 1954. According to Goux, it was for a curious lever that pulled out of each side of a square gaming table designed to hold a drink and an ashtray – considering the popularity of smoking at that time. The mechanism has been revived today as part of the firm’s Hébé Collection and appears on a reversible top gaming table, safely away from the cards or game pieces. “I am not promoting smoking, of course, so you can use the other circular slot to hold a small dish.” We think it would also be a perfect place to rest one’s phone while reveling for the evening.

THE TOP FIVE DRINK TABLES TO INVEST IN

1. Nimes by Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler

Nimes Petite Cocktail Table
$4,450.00 BUY NOW

Technically referred to as a petite cocktail table, this piece is a conversation starter with its deceiving appearance. The stiletto legs are contrary with two grounded by round balls and the other elongated rectangles, but it's burnished bronze finish is just that, a finish. Hand-crafted in Wearstler’s Los Angeles foundry, this table is artisanally made sand-cast in aluminum, thus making it lightweight and easy to move around your home. But it has a sculptural look and solid feel. Its unique finish allows this small accent table to combine with a range of decor as it appeals to a multitude of aesthetic tastes.


2. Marble Short Side Table

The Marble House

Marble Short Side Table
$2500 Buy Now

Drink tables tend to be higher than typical side tables. However, it's not a hard-and-fast rule. You might prefer a shorter table for various reasons, such as how it relates to the rest of the room’s surroundings. Or perhaps you want it to double as extra seating, which is the case with this three-leg style from Marble House. What differentiates this piece is that it works well both indoors and outdoors. (Though we recommend finding one place for it and leaving it there due to its hefty weight.) Handcrafted in Italy and shown here in Blackwood marble, it comes in a variety of colors to match any sophisticated interior.


3. Keplero Side Table

1st Dibs

Keplero Side Table in Macassar Ebony Veneer and Corno Italiano, Mod. 6050EB
$3,475.72 BUY NOW

This table’s retro vibe brings to mind a scene from Mad Men with their uber-modern 1960s decor. However, we aren’t advocating work hour drinking! It is sized slightly bigger to include not just a drink but perhaps a remote control or phone - with room for a candle. Another point of this striking drink table is the herringbone pattern of the Macassar ebony veneer surrounding the Corno Italiano’s inlay. Its oval shape is matched by an oval brass base and singular leg that pivot its position. At once unique and practical, to demonstrate.


4. Kismet Table by Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

Tall Kidney Kismet Table
$1,850.00 BUY NOW

Another drink table that is as useful as it is interesting, the Jonathan Adler tall kidney Kismet table ranks highly.  To demonstrate, its solid brass top is inlaid with sunburst-effect emerald malachite and distinctly curved blackened wood and brass accent base. Additionally, this unique appearance can be layered with its shorter counterpart adding versatility. Moreover, depending on your taste, this table ages into a fine patina should you choose to let it age naturally. If not, there is nothing that some brass polish and microfiber can’t fix.


5. Fusto by Forma & Cemento

Forma & Cemento

Fusto Red Brick Side Table
$780.00 BUY NOW

With its Italian provenance, it’s no wonder that the Fusto red brick side table recalls ancient Roman and Greek architecture thanks to its base’s groove texture. The sturdy base reveals the slightly oblique angled top, which is roomy enough for drinks and more. High-performance concrete sandblasted and hand-treated with water repellent products makes this table versatile for covered outdoor use as well. But if the brick isn’t your color jam, not to worry; ultimately, this drink table comes in eight other shades upon request.

EDITORS' PICKS: DRINK TABLE ACCESSORIES

Of course, a beautiful drink table deserves an equally gorgeous glass to sit atop it. A Saint-Louis crystal verre is our top choice. But why stop there? Certainly, coasters are intended to complement the glasses. Additionally, if the small occasional table is on the roomier side, small trays to hold a remote, phone, or keys are perfect accents. Finally, if you choose this table for plants, a decorative vase or planter is the perfect top-off.

Saint-Louis Crystal

Manhattan Coupe Glass
$200 Buy Now

Saint-Louis Crystal

Manhattan Bowl with Lid
$440 Buy Now

Saint-Louis Crystal

Oxymore Highball Glass
$170 Buy Now

Saint-Louis Crystal

Oxymore Square Decanter
$705.00 Buy Now

Roxanne Robinson
Roxanne Robinson is an award-winning Paris-based American journalist covering luxury and fashion industries with over 25 years of experience. I spent over 18 years at WWD, covering sportswear, accessories and fine jewelry. My career witnessed the shift from print media to the digital age. I gained expert knowledge of the design world, wholesale and retail markets as well as the marketing that supports them. I met endless creatives and business people who create luxury from inception to POS with the consumer. My work has appeared in Forbes.com, BoF, The Hollywood Reporter, CRFashionbook.com, The Jewelry Journal as well in-house publications and websites at Bally, Pomellato, Au Depart and Editorialist.com among others.
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