Simple, classic, versatile. The Parsons table—so named for the Parsons School of Design where it was created in the ‘30s—is one of those rare furniture pieces that can fit into any interior style in any application. The simple shape, a square or rectangular top with four flush legs of equal thickness to the top, is the perfect complement to more ornate furnishings and details while simultaneously fitting in with other minimal, streamlined items.
Jean-Michel Frank is credited for having designed the original piece while teaching at the Paris outfit of the famous Parsons School. According to The New York Times, “Frank challenged students to design a table so basic that it would retain its integrity whether sheathed in gold leaf, mica, parchment, split straw or painted burlap, or even left robustly unvarnished.” Scroll through our slideshow to see just how easily this table fits into a variety of interior styles and how perfectly it works in an entryway, living room, dining room, office, and bedroom.
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