Monday, December 30, 2013

Conference Table Design – Choosing a Finish

Our VP and head designer Bob Franz shares some tips for helping you select the best finish for your conference table.

Where do I start in choosing a finish?

It all depends on how you expect to use the table. In a high-use area – for constant meetings, demos and working lunches – then we recommend laminate. It looks nearly identical to veneer but is a more durable choice.
When the table is meant to impress, or for light usage in client and board meetings, then a wood veneer is a better option.

Which finishes are best for a modern, yet traditional look?
A sophisticated traditional conference table, such as for a bank or law firm, I would suggest a finish like mahogany or a Wenge veneer. Not too ostentatious, but elegant.

To really wow your clients, consider a premium veneer, like a carmine birds eye or maple birds eye. They’re more highly figured woods, with a higher-end look.

How about a modern design?

If you’re in a cutting edge industry and want to reflect that, we’ll help you choose a contemporary laminate. Maybe a color or wood grain table top, with a metal or another color for accent. And you can highlight your branding by having us inlay your logo.
black madagascar finish conference table
Madagascar laminate

What finishes are popular now?
Each client gets exactly what they want, a fully customized table, so there is no overwhelming favorite. We help them choose among the hundreds of veneers, wood grain laminates with visual dimension and even laminates that look like metal.

Lately, we’ve seen a lot of interest in these materials:
  • Black Madagascar laminate
  • Ribbon mahogany laminate and classic mahogany veneer
  • Brushed aluminum accents
  • “Green” materials
  • Glass
    ribbon mahogany custom conference table
    Ribbon mahogany laminate
We’re excited about every project, because each one is different. Let me know your design ideas or we can start from a blank slate.
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