One of the most common table designs we get asked about is the Parsons table. There’s a lot of misinformation about what exactly this type of table looks like, so we’ve decided to clear that up with a quick explanation of what a Parsons table looks like and a list of our favorites that are made in Vermont.
What is a Parsons Table?
Parsons tables were first designed in the 1930’s by French designer Jean-Michel Frank in a class he was teaching for a satellite campus of the Parsons School of Design in Paris, France. Authentic Parsons tables are square or rectangular with square cylindrical legs that are equal in proportion to the height of the table skirt.
In a true Parsons table design, the table skirt is flush with the table top, meaning there’s no overhang on the table, and the legs are positioned squarely on the edges of the table such that the area within the rectangular base is equal to that of the table top.
Parsons tables are especially popular in modern and contemporary design circles, and are becoming increasingly popular for industrial and commercial use in bars, pubs, and restaurants. The square legs and lack of ornamentation make this table design reflect well the aesthetic of the American Craftsman era, a period of time where mission and craftsman style furniture emerged.
Our Top 7 Parsons Tables
The Parsons Table design has evolved since its inception in the early 1900’s, and we’ve expanded our understanding of what designs can fall into this nomenclature. Our Modern Mission Parsons Table and Modern Industrial Table are perhaps most similar to a true Parsons design.
We’ve also included some similar tables which stretch the boundaries of what might be referred to as Parsons Tables. If you agree or disagree, drop us a comment on this post or reach out to us on social media.
Without further ado, here is a list of our top 7 favorite Parsons tables.
Modern Mission Parsons Table
Our eco-friendly parson’s style Modern Mission Dining Table is handcrafted in Vermont using sustainably harvested woods. It is a refreshing take on traditional mission style furniture that looks great in any contemporary dining room or kitchen. Select solid top or extendable table.
American Craftsman Dining Table
Our American Craftsman Dining Table is skillfully crafted using natural, solid wood. It’s perfect for your upscale kitchen or dining room. Each table is handmade in Vermont using sustainably harvested, natural hardwoods. Choose from natural cherry, maple, oak or walnut woods.
Cherry Moon Dining Table
This cherry wood table is custom made in Vermont using natural solid woods. Our Cherry Moon Dining Table is an American made piece that features an elegant yet simple reverse tapered leg.
Modern Farmhouse Table
Our exclusive Modern Farmhouse Table is a shining example of chic minimalist dining furniture, perfect for the contemporary home. A natural solid wood top paired with steel legs in a charcoal colored finish creates a stunning contrast in aesthetics. Every table is custom made in Vermont by our skilled craftsmen in your choice of natural cherry, maple or walnut. Whether in your studio apartment overlooking the city or in your freshly renovated rural farmhouse, a Modern Industrial Dining Table is the centerpiece that you’ve been looking for to complete your space.
Woodland Custom Dining Table
Our Woodland Custom Dining Table makes a great place for those large family gatherings. Customize online to fit your needs and style with your choice of solid woods, table top edging, legs and apron. Make it your own. All our dining room furniture is handcrafted to order by Vermont furniture makers in your choice of solid cherry, maple, or walnut woods with a natural, eco-friendly oil finish that not only protects, but enhances the natural beauty of the wood.
Modern Industrial Table
Unlock the chic, new-age styling of our exclusive Modern Industrial Dining Table. Polished straight metal legs flawlessly complement a thick solid natural wood top to create an impressive study in contemporary furniture design. Marvel at the natural characteristics of the solid walnut or maple wood as they delightfully contrast with the lustrous surface of the charcoal colored steel. Every table is made-to-order to your specifications, including size and wood type, right here in Vermont by our skilled craftsmen. The highest quality of care is applied to every detail to ensure that your custom dining table suits your home to perfection. Industrial furniture design has never looked quite this good.
Contemporary Craftsman Dining Table
Discover Far East influence paired with American Arts & Crafts design as they coalesce in our Contemporary Craftsman Dining Table. This outstanding dining table is handcrafted by skilled Vermont woodworkers with just the right ratio of gentle curves to clean lines that embrace aspects of both distinct furniture styles. Easily customize in your choice of wood and size to make this made-to-order dining table ideal for your space and family gatherings.
Built to Last & Guaranteed for Life
It’s important to note that these solid wood and metal parsons tables are handcrafted in Vermont and built to last a lifetime. We proudly stand behind the craftsmanship of these tables with a lifetime guarantee against all defects in craftsmanship or materials. Every piece of furniture we sell is made-to-order just for you, so the custom Parsons table of your dreams is well within reach. We also offer free shipping on qualifying orders.
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