I am very fond of round dining tables. The kind that stay round even after extended (after all, oval-after-extended is not round :P).
I grew up in Malaysia, where the affluent Chinese boasted very ornate, round rosewood dining tables… while these round tables were, and for the most part still are, too traditional for me, I grew to love the intimate round-table-chatter that the shape allows. I find them warmer, more conducive for conversation. [I will concede that arranging place settings for rectangular tables are easier.]
I saw the one below years ago on the UK edition of Antiques Roadshow in 2003. I’m sure it was a super-antique one made to serve knights and dukes. Made by Sir Edwin Lutyens and valued in the tens of thousands of pounds.
Since then, I have been dreaming of similar ones; extended with some magic, and not the kind that you get more leaves from some nearby cupboard or room.
I went a-searching and found my favourite, the Fletcher Capstan Table:
The mechanism Fletcher uses allows any style (traditional or modern) to work… I love this gorgeous wood:
These are a few more designs (not quite so impressive but equally as wanted!):
Expanding table by Philippe Braun
Third one is a Theodore Alexander reproduction of a 1800s treasure. His Althorp table has a hefty $15,000 but for the beautiful flame mahogany, rosewood, and burl inlays, one can understand.
I have two requirements:
1. central base, like this John Lewis Hemingway beauty:
2. a lazy susan!
One day… one day :)