The tables that changed modern history

The tables that changed modern history

Tables are such an everyday element in our lives that we rarely think about them. It is enough to have a place to rest our food or sit down to have a coffee for everything to go smoothly. However, not all tables have gone unnoticed.

Since the Egyptians we have had a notion of the use of tables. Over the years there have been many versions of them: with more height, with more or less legs, with ornaments, smooth. In modern times some styles have left their mark, let's take a look at them.

Louis XV

¿Who has not marveled at such elegance? The French decorative style has transcended the decades. Designed to enhance the homes of the richest, its degree of detail and ornamentation made this style one of the most chosen by many generations. The Baroque, a way of thinking about art with a great expressive charge, gave rise to tables that carried a lot of presence and that alone gave to understand that one was in a place close to royalty. Today, tables and other furniture of this type are available in Canada.


The German school meant a before and after in architecture and design. Its fundamentals based on simplicity of form and a return to the elemental were followed by numerous architects and artists. Tables such as Side Table by Eileen Gray, Nesting Tables by Josef Albers, Laccio Table by Marcel Breuer, among others, marked the history of interior design. Today many of these tables are still in the catalogs of Canada's leading decorating houses.


This style is very fashionable. We see thousands of Nordic options in Canadian furniture stores and stores. This style, preferably from Norway, Sweden and Finland, took hold in this part of the century based on its simplicity, functionality and durability. Wood combined with calm colors that accompany any space has been the key to success. Tables like Hans Wegner's CH237 or all of Alvar Aalto's creations (including his table), have been talked about and guided the design of the late twentieth century.

Tables outside the movements

There are countless tables that do not fall into one style but have been iconic. We can highlight the famous Nomos table by Norman Foster, fundamental in professional environments, or the Doge table by Carlo Scarpa, a masterpiece of Italian design. Nor can we forget the creations of Perriand and Le Corbusier such as the Table en Forme Libre.