16 March, 2010

The Duchess Considers . . .

Cocktail Tables
Maison Jansen Table, at Maison Schembri (through 1stdibs)

In order to "drink early and drink often," one must have handy a steady cocktail table. The Duchess, in perpetual redecoration mode, has cleared a spot in her parlor for a brand new one -- but which should she choose? Oh yes, one enjoys pride of place already, a gigantic, tufted and upholstered ottoman large enough to hold the Duchess's collection of children, crumbs and crayon marks. But where might one set down a libation among those Legos and gangly limbs? Impossible. So the Duchess hunts for a new, improved and mostly adults-only cocktail table at that treasure trove of lore, 1stdibs.

The frontrunner to date is this Jansen stunner from Maison Schembri (just a hop and skip away on North La Cienega!). Of course it requires an in-person inspection and small personal injury settlement, but until then the Duchess will dream.

This circular, glass-topped, bronze-based beauty from Mecox Gardens (also on North La Cienega, and filled to the brim with Absolutely Gorgeous Things) would be terrific atop a C.Z. Guest-inspired leopard print carpet, carrying a messy bunch of orchids and tea cups.
For the Duchess's manor this Jean Marc Fray table might be just the right size. She adores the two tiers -- bottom shelf perfect for stacks of books, magazines, and other bits and bobs, top shelf exactly that.
Not quite the Duchess's style but an incredibly unique statement piece. If this were a civilized society, and people were still allowed to smoke indoors, wouldn't the recess in this table from Hilary Batstone be ideal as an ashtray?

From Flessas Design, this green and gilt table is lovely.
East & Orient's orange tole table is petite but packs a wallop with that bright tangy color. Tres festive for a party, as very likely lightweight and moveable.
Finally, from Downtown, is this iron and eglomise giant. The detailing is divine, very Tony Duquette, very neo-baroque Hollywood manse-worthy.

All available at www.1stdibs.com. No driving required, so tip your glasses and shop to your heart's content.

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