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Essentials for the Ultimate Coffee Table

Well curated, simple, sleek and organized is the name of the game in the quest for the ultimate coffee table.

Henry Phillips

The coffee table is the centerpiece of every discerning man’s home, a landing place for mail, magazines, books, empty coffee mugs, Chinese take-out containers or a host of other clutter and mess. It serves as an ottoman after a long day at the office. It gets scuffed and scraped, and develops rings from years of coffee cups set down without coasters. In a way, it gets taken for granted and disrespected. This isn’t always how things used to be, though. Before the advent of media hearths and home entertainment systems, the coffee table was sacred ground. It held inspiration for topics of conversation among friends. It displayed prized accouterments that homeowners were proud to show. We feel that it is time for the well-curated coffee table to make a comeback.

The perfect coffee table is an expression of who you are and how you present yourself to those who visit your home. It sits as the centerpiece of what is often the most used room in your home or apartment. Because of these considerations, it is important to put some thought and effort into what occupies the space in the center of the room. Empty beer bottles, take-out menus and scattered remote controls are unacceptable. Simplicity and thoughtfulness are the name of the game.

The Table

A well-crafted table is just as important as what goes on it.


Reliquary Studio Katz Coffee Table (Learn More)
Reliquary Studio was started in 2011 by longtime furniture fabricator Matt Hogan. The studio was founded in Brooklyn’s Industry City, but in 2015 was relocated to New York’s Hudson River Valley. Located at a completely self-sustaining horse farm, Reliquary has all of its power produced by solar panels. The Katz Coffee Table is constructed from solid walnut and is hand finished with linseed oil, poly and wax.


Inspiration to fawn over.

Rouleur Issue 58 (~$20)
Rouleur is the UK’s premier road cycling magazine, featuring interviews and features — Issue 58 has an excellent piece on cycling jerseys of years past.

Journey ($65)
A collection of black-and-white imagery from cycling photographer Ben Ingham, who has spent the past decade photographing for Rapha.

Home Is Where You Park It ($65)
The prequel to Foster Huntington’s The Cinder Cone, this book captures life on the road through portraits of travelers and their vans.

Cabin Porn ($27)
Beautiful retreats grace these pages in tandem with helpful how-to’s and lifestyle aspirations.

Lufthansa and Graphic Design: Visual History of an Airplane ($32)
From Lars Müller Publishers, a closer look at the visual identity of German airline Lufthansa, with special focus on designer Otl Aicher and the Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm.

Gear Patrol Magazine: Issue 01 ($20)
A journey from Wyoming to Chile to Norway (and more), plus product guides and an interview with mountaineer Conrad Anker.

Victory Journal ($5)
A newspaper-style sports periodical with striking photo essays and sports writing — the fourth issue features photographs of Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker and Tom Wolfe’s 1963 short story “The Marvelous Mouth.”

The Details

Great design is easier than you think.

Kiel Mead Brass Coasters ($30)
Quality coasters crafted from brass with unique geometric details.

Hasami Porcelain Mug Cup ($55, for set of two)
Japanese mugs with an organic aesthetic, made from porcelain and clay.

MSDS x Umbra Shift Pleated Dish ($50)
This handmade earthenware vase makes the perfect centerpiece for your table and brings life and color to the room.

Logitech Harmony Elite Remote ($350)
Control your entire home with Logitech’s top-of-the-line smart remote.

Tanner Goods Valet Tray ($75)
Every coffee table needs a landing place for various small goods.

Kaufmann Mercantile Cedar Juniper Soy Candle ($45)
Cozy candles from Kaufmann Mercantile’s home collection — 65-hour burn time.

Mnemosyne B6 Spiral Notebook ($7)
Sleek Japanese stationary to catch stray thoughts and ideas.

Penco Prime Timber 2.0 Mechanical Pencil ($15)
“The warmth of wood on paper.”

Additional production by Jack Seemer.

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