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by Georgina Callan

The original design is one of utility. The necessity to compress a group of tables of decreasing size one
under the other to conserve space. The option is to extract the tables, one or more, and distribute
them around a room or table group seating to create space for guests to place food and drinks.
It’s easy to think of nesting tables as dark mahogany curly legged versions but there are many
modern options that are practical and stylish and entirely modern, although they may have
been designed within the last 90 years.
Simple modular stacking pieces by Dot & Bo will not break the bank. They “nest”
vertically, think more about stacking than nesting, but offer the same functionality in a
Contemporary nesting tables by Gianfranco Fratini for Cassina in black or white are
classic additions.
Originally designed in 1926 and known as the Bauhaus Nesting Tables Set, Josef Albers
Nesting Tables include four tables graduating in size from large to small in green, yellow,
orange and blue. Available from the Museum of Modern Art Store.

The 20th century provided many fine examples of nesting tables, such as these tables
from the 1930s manufactured in Vienna by Gerbruder Thonet in the Bauhaus Studio
Vintage furniture stores and online options are great places to source nesting tables,
current and future collector’s items, such as these by Michael Boyd, known as the T
nesting tables.
Glass and brass nesting tables from the mid-century, streamlined and stylish.
The type of nesting tables that reside by the side of a sofa or between two chairs are
more frequently interpreted today around the coffee table. The tables nest, but they do
so by sliding under the coffee table when not in use, like the Restoration Hardware
Graham tables available in multiple finishes.