A dining table not only forms the foundation of a dining area, but becomes a hub of activity in its own right. It’s a spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as homework and work, afternoon tea or a glass of wine over a good catch-up. Whether round or rectangular, timber or marble, a dining table is an essential element to facilitate family and friend gatherings as well as a piece that can echo the rest of your home’s decor. Here’s our round-up of the best tables on the market
Clean and serene, this simple yet sophisticated table is a minimalist’s dream. The Arvid features a floating matte white lacquered top positioned over a sturdy metal frame and legs. Its generous form with rounded details easily fits six people, making it a great option for gatherings with your nearest and dearest, and its blank-canvas nature means it is versatile enough to work with metal, timber or upholstered dining chairs.
Arvid Dining Table, Castlery, $799
Stay ahead of the style curve with this circular beauty. The scalloped solid oak cladding surrounding the base of the dining table is particularly on-trend (as evidenced in the latest season of The Block) and is teamed with another popular trend terrazzo, which forms the top. The contrast of quartz chips with the timber grain of the chunky base cladding is a point of striking interest, and the table’s neat form is a space-savvy solution that invites welcome and compliments.
Cosmos Dining Table, Life Interiors, $1395
Comfortably seating four people, this Scandi-chic American oak veneer-topped beauty has a mid-century spirit within its contemporary guise. The simple yet playful combination of a circular top with turned legs creates a versatile design that would look smart in a smaller dining nook. Complete your dining setting with timber chairs or curved, upholstered seats to offset the clean lines of this dining table.
Unite Round Dining Table, RJ Living, $699
Local craftsman Mark Tuckey has a reputation for timeless and contemporary timber furniture, and the Locator dining table is yet another fine custom-made example of quality coming out of the Melbourne studio. The solid form, angled leg base and generous proportions of this table make it an entertainer’s delight as well as an option for those who are style conscious. A level of bespoke design is brought into play with the range of timber finishes available, as well as sizes.
Locator Table, Mark Tuckey, from $3450
A surefire way to up the luxe factor at home is to turn to the opulence of marble, and this refined number will be an eye-catching element in your dining zone. Masterminded by local designer Tom Fereday, in collaboration with leading furniture house King Living, the Eto has an elevated sculptural quality with a fine frame and can be topped with your choice of a Nero Marquina or Carrara marble finish, or a timber veneer finish if that’s more your style.
Eto Marble Round Dining Table, King Living, $2150
Simple makes perfect for apartment living when it comes to this sleek glass-topped table with a solid brushed-steel pedestal base. A circular table is ideal for a small space with its visually lighter design. This table’s timeless compact form can sit neatly in an eat-in kitchen while still offering enough surface space to cater to four people. The versatile combination of glass and steel also easily suits a minimalist and modern look.
Signature Essentials Round Dining Table, Freedom, $499
Tactile stone shows no signs of slowing down in the trend stakes and the Isla adds a dose of covetable vintage style into the mix. If you’re looking to make a statement, this handcrafted dining table has you covered with its impressive proportions and would look right at home in a relaxed coastal setting as well as a luxe, polished look. The Isla features a rough-textured column pedestal base and a polished fossil limestone top, and is available in two generous sizes.
Isla Dining Table, Engold, from $1500
The heft of this gorgeous dining table is balanced by a carefully crafted top that visually floats and is yet another elegant piece from Melbourne-based Pop & Scott. Made from sustainably sourced Australian chestnut, the narrow tabletop is designed to encourage intimate gatherings as well as forming a streamlined presence with more than a nod to a Japanese aesthetic. This is one for keen at-home entertainers and those who love having guests over on a regular basis.
Lou Alto Table, Pop & Scott, from $5680
Brass stud embellishments and a round octagonal base take this round dining table to glamorous Hollywood Regency heights. This made-to-order dining table option is a feature piece made for sophisticated penthouse living and is available in a variety of refined timber finishes to suit your style.
Embellish Round Table, Zuster, from $5350
Forming the focal point of a dining area, a dining table is the centre of activity whether you’re entertaining guests, using it as a home office or spot for a catch-up with a loved one. As such, it’s an important piece of furniture to get right. This curated selection of Australian-designed dining tables covers a variety of styles and budgets to help you find the best option for your space. If you’re after more local designs, check out thebest Australian homeware brands.