Everyone says that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and that may be, but the soul of the home has got to be the dining table. This piece of furniture is the stage for a family’s celebrations, holidays, and gatherings. It also stands witness to the toasting of accomplishments achieved, promises to come, and the coming together at the end of the day to share a meal. A good quality dining table is expensive, but it can be the keystone for a family and last a lifetime and beyond (now that’s green!).
One of the last essays by Dominique Browning, the editor-in-chief of the late, great House and Garden, was about just this: buying quality. Quality lasts. It never goes out of style, and furniture of high quality bought today will become a family’s heirlooms of tomorrow. Quality grows with family and moves with a family from house to house. Quality can be passed down to the next generation.
I am fortunate to have the dining table I grew up with as a child in my home now, as an adult. It’s a Finn Juhl teak table designed for Baker Furniture in the 1950’s. The voices of my grandparents sharing their stories and the presence of my mother presiding over dinner are a part of this table, although they are no longer physically at the table. If I look closely at the grain of the wood, I can also make out the impressions of school work and term papers hand written on it by my brothers and sister and me, which adds to this sense of history- my history- that the table embodies, and that I’m still adding to.
Though Baker no longer manufactures this table, they still produce fine furniture of exceptional quality . Thomas Pheasant’s ‘Classic Oval Dining Table‘ for Baker Furniture will certainly stand the test of time and has the ability to become a treasured heirloom.
What a great foundation for a family, however you define that for yourself. Shown in a rich sable finish, this table can tread the fine line between traditional and contemporary. I love the shape of legs ending in the brass caps, the apron that runs the perimeter and the fact that it comes with three extensions to accommodate almost any size gathering. This table perfectly fits with designer David Netto’s winning formula of 90% classical/10% cool, which is probably one of the most simple and yet comprehensive mantras to remember when furnishing a home.