One of my rules of thumb for anyone working on an interior is: when in doubt, go with a classic piece. With this advice, no matter the situation, using tried and true furnishings will allow you to have a solid foundation for your décor. One of the great timeless pieces is the Parsons Table. Designed by Jean-Michel Frank at Parsons Paris School of Art and Design almost a century ago, the design is so basic it works in a variety of materials and settings. The only requirement of a true Parsons Table is for the legs to be square, flush-mounted, and of equal thickness as the top.
Glass and Metal Dining
Made of metal with a clear glass top surface, this example is perfect for a contemporary dining space.
Image: Sue At Home
Add a couple drawers and dress the whole thing in mirror, and you’ve got a glamorous desk. This is the kind of piece that begs to be cared for cautiously, so it makes more sense in a home office than a commercial space.
Distressed Utilitarian Wood
This wooden example displays plenty of texture and rugged beauty. I can see it used as anything from a workbench to an outdoor (or indoor) dining table.
The Original Parsons Table
And here we have the original Parsons Table. Legend (and Wikipedia) holds that after being designed by Frank it was constructed by a workman at Parsons Paris. Do you think they knew their experiment would stand the test of time and become a classic?
What design classics are your favorites?