I got my first design request from my very good friend Wendy. She and her husband recently moved from a more traditionally decorated Upper West Side apartment to a modern building in Chelsea. They need a dining table and have a very small space for it (see above photo - it's the area with the folding chairs). They want enough room to seat four people, do not want glass, and are flexible on the shape. In the room is a modern black leather sofa and the wonderful iconic Eames Lounge Chair also in black leather.
My suggestion for them is an Extension Table or a Drop Leaf Table. The benefit of these options is that they are compact for everyday use, but if they want to have a larger party they still have the option to do that. It's also something that can be taken with them to their next home and can grow with them. If they go with a round table, it will have a more "bistro" type feel. It will be circular when in the smaller configuration and a racetrack shape when extended. The benefit of a rectangular table is that it can be pressed again the wall, saving additional space.
Room + Board makes very high quality pieces and has a good selection of options.
Kyoto 48" Round Extension Table - this table has more of a mid-century type of leg
All of these tables come in a few wood options. My favorite is the walnut.
Also, I found this dining chair from West Elm that would go well with the Kyoto Table.
$150 for one, $299 for two, $579 for four
Wendy, next let's pick a paint color for that wall!