What to do with that dead space underneath a table you ask? Why, put something there! Of course one should be selective about what they display under a table. Size is important- an object that is on the small side would look dwarfed by the heft of the table. And visual interest is critical too. A classic design trick is to place a small bench or two under the table, which is a great space saving solution too. Or, you could use large ceramic pieces like Markham Roberts and Barclay Fryery have done. Whatever you choose to use, avoid clutter! Restraint is key, something which all of these designers have heeded.
An elegant composition by Kelly Wearstler
The double bench trick a la Ruthie Sommers
A leather and chrome bench under the table, by David Hicks
Blue and white porcelain is always a stylish choice (Markham Roberts-designer)
Barclay Fryery adds a dash of humor underneath this table
White ceramic jars and Manuel Canovas' Ming linen- what a fantastic combination! (Suzanne Coleman Bancroft- designer)
At top: The master Albert Hadley uses an orb for some style in this vignette.