81 56 26h ( 32 x 22 x 10.38"H )
white pigmented multi-ply, blanched tulipwood
water-based clear-coat protective finish
It seems the better we get at making and enjoying coffee, the further we get from the quintessentially American coffee table of our mid-century mothers' afternoon social gatherings. Formal, the coffee table was not a place to play. We would never have displayed our magazines at my mother's coffee table, much less eaten supper. It certainly didn't face the television. My mother still wouldn't know what a Latte is.
The tea tray, on the other hand, was the height of convenience, so much so we added fold out legs so we could eat straight off of them.
Much has changed.
The contemporary coffee table remains the heart of the furniture cluster, but with a myriad of purpose. Almost nothing is not allowed at the coffee table. It has become as convenient as the tray table.
And now the tea tray seems so formal. Even the name "tea tray" feels charming, antique. Tea trays are things you find in your grandmother's attic.
So just for fun, here's a mash-up: the tea tray married to the coffee table.