The phrase ‘extendable table’ used to evoke images of clumsy designs with bulky wooden flaps that, when folded, rendered the table useless and unattractive. Thankfully, those days are long gone. With expert craftsmanship, new technology and high-tech materials, extending tables are now just as sleek and stylish as their static counterparts. We highlight the designs that offer a natural solution for when space is limited but usage varied.
Carl Hansen and Søn’s CH327 dining table by Hans J. Wegner
Designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1962, the CH327 remains one of Carl Hansen and Søns’ most popular extending tables. Its top is made from uninterrupted sections of solid wood running the entire length of the table. This solution, despite being more difficult to produce than full-width sections, reveals the wood’s structure and results in a harmonious surface. Extension leaves in black or grey lacquered MDF neatly extend the table by 40cm – perfect for two extra dinner guests.
Walter Knoll’s Tadeo extending table by EOOS
With a grand, masterly top and four study legs, Walter Knoll’s Tadeo embodies stability and quality. Extend its solid wood top from 230 to 300cm by simply parting the two main leaves and inserting the extension leaf – a smooth mechanical action ensures soft closure.
Corian and walnut extendable table by Søren Nissen and Ebbe Gehl
Practicality, elegance and superb craftsmanship is what marks out Søren Nissen and Ebbe Gehl’s extending table. Solid walnut legs and frame married to a glacier white Corian top and edges conceal an ingenious ‘butterfly’ mechanism that effortlessly takes the table from 200 to 300cm long.
Corian table by Søren Nissen and Ebbe Gehl
Just arrived: Fritz Hansen’s Super-Elliptical extending table by Piet Hein, Bruno Mathsson and Arne Jacobsen
Fritz Hansen has just announced the relaunch of their Super-Elliptical extendable dining table, an enduring classic originally designed by Piet Hein, Bruno Mathsson, and Arne Jacobsen. The company say it has “refined the series by using a new laminate surface that is highly resistant to the marks of daily use”. Plus, now you can order the design with matching monochrome top and legs. The new Super-Elliptical extends from either 170 to 270cm or 180 to 320cm and includes 2 extension leaves.
Coming Soon: Chess extendable table by Søren Nissen and Ebbe Gehl
Now experts in extending tables, Søren Nissen and Ebbe Gehl have just released their latest design, the Chess table. Another masterclass in mixed materials, the Chess uses oil-burned steel, solid wood and a white Corian surface. A 100cm central butterfly-leaf lengthens the table from either 200 to 300cm or 240 to 340cm.
Chess table by Søren Nissen and Ebbe Gehl
To enquire further about the tables featured please either use the links provided, or contact our Drury Lane store and a sales advisor will be able answer any query.