Years ago, I saw a mesmerising film clip. Shot from above, it was speeded-up footage of a young couple getting their newborn baby ready to go out. Back and forth they flit, dashing in and out of shot, doing 101 other things but always returning to the compelling centrifugal force that was their baby. That film came back to me when I started thinking about dining tables. If you’re thinking, “Nope, she’s lost the plot…” just stay with me on this one.
Definitely less needy than a baby, your dining table still exerts a similar pull. It’s a hub that draws you and your family around it. If you were filmed from above for a day, chances are you’d also be captured dashing to and fro, laying plates, clearing them, grabbing a coffee, helping with homework and, finally, relaxing around it.
Your table is a centrepiece in the truest sense. It gets used countless times a day, a week and a year. It’s where suppers are hosted, and life admin is tackled. Which is why it has to be practical as well as good looking. Here’s how to choose the one that’s right for you.