Though the dining room is often left to its own devices in favor of its more approachable sibling, the kitchen, it's still a place where the special occasions and the drama happen--both in design, and in period English miniseries. So we've indulged in a ten-course menu of our latest favorite examples: from a sleek scene complete with black bubble chandelier and turquoise wood seating courtesy of Portland, Oregon-based designer Jessica Helgerson, to the art-filled Manhattan penthouse of Diane Von Furstenberg, where an expansive Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann table is graced with rainbow woven Franz West chairs. Use these images to whet your thirst for a redesign of your current or future banquet hall, and start with the dining table at the top of our list, featured below.
Photographs: 1. Jeffrey Alan Marks 2. Jessica Helgerson 3. Home of Diane von Furstenberg as featured in Architectural Digest 4. J. Ingerstedt 5. Rees Roberts 6. Sotheby's 7. A Dining room by Rafael de Cárdenas as featured in Elle Decor 8. Simon Upton 9. Brook Holm for The Design Files 10. David Klienberg
With its burled surface and mixed metal frame, the Bond Dining Table is both glamourous and debonaire. The removable 20 inch leaf allows seating for ten, and dining essentials look oh-so-good atop that bold wood grain top. $2950, Jonathan Adler
--Mat Sanders, Editorial Director, Domaine Home