5 Reasons Why You Need a Parsons Table in Your Life

5 Reasons Why You Need a Parsons Table in Your Life

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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    PHOTO: Zach Desart for Lonny, design by Jonathan Adler
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    Ikea Lack Table ($10)

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    We love the simple look a Parsons table brings to a foyer vignette. Its open form is perfect for tucking a bench, stools, or storage baskets underneath, while its simple shape pairs well with ornate mirrors, decorative accessories, and beautiful artwork.

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    Williams-Sonoma Home Shagreen Side Table ($1495)

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    Living Room

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    1st Dibs Green Coffee Table ($1600)

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    A singular rectangular table in an unusual finish or color adds an unexpected yet understated element to a formal or casual living room. A pair of square tables offers plenty of surface space while preventing a design from becoming too busy.

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    Dining Room

    PHOTO: Justin Coit for Domaine
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    Room & Board Parsons Cocktail Table ($849)

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    This table’s straight legs located in the corners make it perfect for a dining room. The arrangement ensures it’s easy to squeeze in side chairs without being annoyed by cumbersome table legs positioned directly in front of a seat. 

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    PHOTO: Lauren Liess
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    Target Black Parsons Desk ($66)

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    PHOTO: Paul Costello for Domino

    Sleek, almost invisible drawers are easily incorporated into this table’s top to make them the ideal addition to a minimal office space. 

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    West Elm Parsons Desk ($399)

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    PHOTO: Keller + Keller, design by Twelve Chairs
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    Layla Grayce Mughal Bone Side Table ($1275)

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    A perfect option when searching for a simple, streamlined nightstand to pair with ornate headboards or patterned wallpaper.

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    Horchow Jacques Table ($1499)

    Would you incorporate a Parsons table into your décor? Where would you put it? Let us know in the comments!

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