I’m buying a new house, and it is small. So I’ve been thinking a lot about how to keep it feeling spacious, while maximizing the utility. Glass table tops really fit the bill in creating coffee tables that allow a space to feel open.
What is so great about glass, is that it still showcases the base as sculpture. The key is to be sure to use low-iron glass, so that distortion is minimized, and the colors of the surrounding decor isn’t compromised. Below, the sculptural “Spider” metal base from Structube (CA) provides generous surface area (nearly 40″ diameter), but doesn’t take up a lot of space.
The airiness of the stick-legs in the base below really open up the space where something more solid would have closed it off. A glass top keeps everything in balance.
Don’t discount the amount of light a glass table top can bring into the room. The sparkle and reflection of a glass table may be just what your room needs. With a low-iron glass table as the centerpiece of the room, like below, the more “blocky” elements of the room have a chance to breathe and feel fresh.
And don’t forget mirror! That will really reflect light back into the room, multiply the light, and still will visually “disappear”. It’s a stunning effect, that allows the thin black table frame to become a subtle “pinstripe” to the bold colors and patterns in the room.