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Bright and light, the crystal has an undeniable charm. How to best use it for home furnishings? Choosing an extendable glass table means combining elegance and practicality in a piece of furniture that will give value to the environment in which it is located. However, there are some tricks that can be adopted to make the most of it, giving the crystal table the right emphasis and returning all its light to the surrounding space.

The extendable glass table takes center stage

If the table is by its nature the piece of furniture that tends to take the central role in the living area, an extendable glass table can only accentuate this trend with its charm. The first thing to do to make the most of it, therefore, is to choose the model with the top of the most suitable shape and size among round, square or rectangular tables. Beyond personal taste, pay attention to proportions – also taking into consideration the maximum width of the extendable table: even when it is completely open it should not obstruct the passage around it, while when it is closed it should not risk appearing marginal in the room.

Another element that can enhance the crystal is the structure of the table, in precious materials or with the design of a real sculpture. Playing with the transparency and lightness of the top, the structure is in fact put in the foreground, that is why many extendable tables with legs with a particular and refined shape in the Bontempi Casa catalog are also available with a glass or scratch-resistant glass top.

Fusion table with glossy glass top
Fusion table, also available in an extendable version, with glossy glass top, base and structure in lacquered steel. Malik chairs with padded and upholstered steel structure

The glossy glass top highlights the cross-legged structure of the Fusion table, one of the iconic models of Bontempi Casa, making it even more modern and fascinating.

Enhancing the extendable glass table with light

A bright environment is ideal for highlighting the qualities of crystal, namely lightness, transparency and reflection of light. Arranging the extendable glass table near large windows, therefore, is a great way to make sure you enhance it as it deserves and at the same time make the most of natural light to create a welcoming environment. If we then have the opportunity to position it in correspondence with the main suspension lamp, the game is done and we will always be able to admire our crystal table in the best light.

Ramos extendable table
Ramos extendable table with polished glass top and steel structure.

Ramos is a table with an industrial chic style highlighted by the combination of the polished glass of the top and the lacquered steel of the structure with a strongly geometric design.

Finally, how to enhance an extendable glass dining table? To appreciate its beauty, it is best to leave it uncovered by avoiding the classic tablecloth and preferring more modern solutions such as runners or American placemats, especially when receiving guests. In this way our table will be elegant and bright.

Extendable glass tables and where to find them, or how to choose the most suitable models for each environment to furnish the home in a contemporary style. The table with glass top is a classic that never tires, whose design also lends itself to the most current interpretations. In the extendable version, then, it becomes the perfect union between elegance and practicality, demonstrating that even precious materials such as crystal lend themselves to the needs of everyone’s daily life.

Extendable glass tables for the living room

There is no doubt that extendable tables are the trump card to meet the needs of contemporary living, that are flexibility and functionality. The furniture must be able to adapt to the changing needs of daily life. In the living area, for example, we can be alone or as a couple on Mondays, invite a group of friends for the film club on Wednesdays, dedicate ourselves to an online drawing course or rearrange old photographs at the weekends… Extendable tables are designed precisely for this, and the extendable glass tables do it with a particular style. The glass top in fact showcases the structure, that can be characterized by a modern design or by a material that creates an interesting contrast, transforming the extendable table into the elegant protagonist of the scene.

Perfect for furnishing a home where the rustic style opens up to modernity, the Aron extendable table has a rectangular transparent glass top resting on a solid dark wood structure, a combination of materials of great effect. To complete the furniture with elegance, the essence can be taken up in the structure of the chairs to be placed around the table.

Majesty extendable table
Majesty extendable table with scratch-resistant glass top and lacquered steel structure. Kuga chairs with steel frame and padded and quilted monocoque.

The opaque glass top of the Majesty extendable table, on the other hand, rests on a lacquered steel structure whose modern design recalls the industrial style. Also in this case, the matching chairs have the structure in the same material, and a shell covered in fabric that “warms” the temperature of the furniture.

Extendable glass dining tables

When there is a need to add a seat at the table for family reunions, birthdays or other special occasions, the extendable dining table is the ace in the hole to make everyone happy. The rectangular ones are the most common, but require larger rooms, while the round or square ones allow you to make use of the available space more easily. And what about the materials? Crystal-topped dining tables are solid and durable, light to move, and also easy to clean. In case of stains, in fact, it will be sufficient to intervene with a wet cloth. Instead, it is better to avoid intervening with oily, greasy products or thinners.

Etico console table
Etico console table with lacquered steel structure, glass top and extensions in aluminum melamine. Galaxy chairs in polypropylene and recyclable glass fiber.

Etico is an extendable console table that, once fully opened, has a semi-square shape that favors conviviality and conversation between all diners. Its modern and essential design, then, makes it suitable for almost any style of furniture, and leaves great freedom in the choice of chairs to match.

Giro round extendable table
Giro round extendable table with steel structure and glass top. Seventy chairs with steel structure, padded monocoque and covered in leather.

The Giro dining table has a round scratch-resistant glass top that can be extended thanks to a synchronized telescopic opening mechanism and, once opened, it becomes a ten-seater table. Its original shape, with the extensions reminiscent of two crescents, gives a new joy to lunches together.

Modern glass tables for the study

For those who have a room dedicated to their profession, a table with a glass top is an excellent solution for decorating the environment by recreating the style of a real office. The ideal choice falls on modern, rectangular glass tables with a linear design steel structure. With the extendable top, the studio is always ready for meetings with the staff or to receive clients and discuss new projects comfortably seated around the table.

Ramos extendable table
Ramos extendable table with scratch-resistant glass top and steel structure. Kuga chairs with wooden frame and padded and quilted monocoque.

The Ramos extendable table in crystal and steel, with its modern industrial style design, is perfect for furnishing a professional studio. Around, you need elegant but also comfortable chairs, suitable for long working days thanks to the right padding of the shell.

Dublino extendable table
Dublino extendable table with scratch-resistant glass top and steel structure. Alice chair with steel structure, completely covered in leather.

The style of the Dublino extendable table is simpler and more essential, with a scratch-resistant glass top and a light steel structure. It adapts to modern environments but also to more classic furnishing styles, and it is best combined with chairs that reflect its colors.

Who said that the legs of a table can’t be ornamental items? Modern design breaks all the rules and finds new creative solutions turning them into pieces of art. Et voilà, a cross-legged table – a true design piece – is ready to be admired. It is the protagonist of the design scene thanks to its originality and future-oriented look. The structure, a result of a great work, is usually made of metal or lacquered metal, while the top could be in wood, crystal, Supermarble or Super Ceramic, refined materials that help you creating a bespoke table for your house. Also, its functionality surprises us: it could be fixed or extendable, rounded or squared, it doesn’t obstruct any seats and it’s an invite to conviviality. Sitting around a cross-legged table for lunch with family and friends to go through an old pictures album or to play board games will be fun.

A cross-legged table can be the best piece of furniture to furnish a modern and elegant living room, as it creates a focal point in the area that catches the eye of the guests.

Metal cross-legged table

extendable cross legged table
Extendable Fusion table with a lacquered metal structure, wood veneer basement and top. Alfa chairs with a solid wood structure and monocoque with a padded and quilted pillow.

The metal ring structure of the Fusion table recalls a jewel, or the orbits of two planets that meet – depending on the imagination. The oak or walnut wood top creates a beautiful contrast between an old and a new style. It’s extendable so it can host up to ten seats.

cross legged table bontempi casa
Artistic table with a lacquered metal structure and a solid walnut wood top. Dalila chairs covered in leather.

Another table that is still made in lacquered metal, but with a different design, is the cross-legged Artistico table. The metal structure sustains a solid walnut wood top thanks to four long plates that embrace to one another as they were in a beautiful dance. The original structure and the combination of two different materials make this table perfect to furnish a mountain cottage that requires a touch of contemporaneity.

Glass table

cross legged table bontempi casa
Round Barone table with a lacquered metal structure and a crystal top. Kuga chairs with a metal structure and a padded and quilted monocoque.

The crystal top of Barone table is a very refined detail that highlights the cross-legged structure and helps the matching of coloured and padded chairs.

cross legged table Bontempi Casa
Artistico table with a lacquered metal structure and a crystal top. Kefir chairs with a metal structure totally covered in leather.

Alternatively, the cross-legged Artistico table is available with a crystal or an anti-scratch crystal top: a new interpretation of a minimal-chic style with personality.

Thanks to its aesthetic, functional and design qualities – transparency, brightness and solidity – glass is the material that distinguishes the style of each piece of furniture. When worked, glass becomes crystal and, when used in interior design, it promotes brightness and communication between the rooms. In fact, a crystal partition made to perfection contributes to the exploitation of natural light and visual continuity. That’s why a crystal furniture is always impactful and very pleasing to the eye: it is ample, clear and delicate, whatever the circumstances.

 

Cosmopolitan sideboard in glossy black lacquered glass, groove in black lacquered wood, matt black feet.

 

 

The history of crystal in the world of furniture begins in the mists of time: according to a story by Pliny, the crystal was discovered by chance by some Phoenician merchants in 500 B.C., when they were looking for a fairly durable top to carry very heavy objects. Around 100 B.C. the Romans developed the blowing technique inside the molds to create crystal artefacts. Only in 500/600 A.C. a new process was invented to make glass tops. Since then, crystal is one of the most popular materials in the furniture industry.
The refinement of transparent crystal has few equals: smooth and perfect, with a see-through and mirror effect, a transparent crystal table is the turning point for a kings and queens living room. If the shiny crystal is black, the combination with gold finishes completes the sublime combination.

 

Fusion table with black deep gold base and matt black scratch-resistant velvet glass top – Kuga Chair
Versus table in walnut wood, scratch-resistant velvet gray opaque crystal-Lazy Susy-Kuga chair- Cosmopolitan sideboard.

 

But it is not just transparencies that make the crystal a special and unique material. The scratch-resistant velvet crystal, for example, is a type of glass patented by Bontempi Casa that combines the durable and resistant qualities of the crystal with the elegance and refinement of an opaque and velvety surface.
The scratch-resistant velvet crystal is in fact characterized by a matte finish that makes it warm, pleasant and soft to the touch, almost like it was slightly velvety. The crystal used in this processing is subjected to a special chemical-physical treatment, that thanks to a latest generation technology makes it more difficult to form scratches, usually more evident on smooth surfaces. In short, a true portent of durability and integrity, as well as an example of grace and beauty.

Barone antique brass table, scratch-resistant velvet gray opaque crystal – Seventy Chair.

To clean these opaque glass tops, it is advisable to work with a soft cloth and active glass and crystal foam. It is not necessary to spray the product directly on the surface, but on the cloth, to obtain greater effectiveness. The recommendations of the Bontempi Casa team are also not to use oily products, greases or thinners, and in the event that particularly aggressive or staining liquids are poured onto the surface – such as wine, soda drinks, fruit juices, lemon, vinegar, etc. – the liquid must be removed immediately with a soft cloth and active glass and crystal foam. Just follow these simple and quick tips to keep the surface of the glass top intact, be it transparent or opaque.

Crystal tables are the perfect solution for sitting rooms and living rooms, but also for offices and waiting rooms. Their elegant surfaces are combined with all styles of furniture, they are very solid and long lasting. The millennial history of the crystal also makes it a unique material, that brings with it pieces of the past, art, craftsmanship and a look always awaiting the future of design. In fact, more and more designers and architects are exploiting the aesthetic and functional qualities of this natural element, whose malleability is as extraordinary as the result of the finished product.