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Classic Update: Bunching Tables

Put them together. Pull them apart! Today’s beautifully versatile bunching tables come in surprising shapes and materials, offering a multitude of design options.

Written and produced by Clara Haneberg

An interesting alternative to the standard cocktail table, bunching tables are no newcomers to the design scene.

Maggie Cruz Design The “Sofia” bunching tables in Swept Away paint finish with Carrara marble tops come in three heights. Uttermost Large “Luxmi” textured, aged gray glass vase. Global Views Small “Low Topaz Over Amber Vase” with separate base and lid. Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines for Loloi Jewel-tone Ophelia collection “OE-02 MH” rug in gray/sky. Designers Guild Cubist-inspired “Mandora” wallcovering in ivory.

"Bunching tables create visual texture and you can change your arrangement to fit the occasion.” —designer Maggie Cruz

Descended from the nesting table, which first appeared in the early 19th century, bunching tables arose as entertaining became an essential expectation in the home. The tiny accent pieces’ function is simple: to provide flexible room placement while performing an array of duties. 

Jamie Merida for Chelsea House “Trio” tables in interlocking shapes with black marble tops and gold-leaf iron bases.
When merged, a group of bunching tables acts as a single, much larger surface. Individually, they step out as freestanding personal assistants—perfect for displaying objects or holding a cocktail. Modern bunching tables aren’t shy, flaunting sculptural shapes, marble or custom-color tops, and dainty gilt bases. Clustered or floated throughout a space, the furniture pieces are ready to serve.

Barrie Benson for Highland House Pick a color for the top finish on the hexagonal “Honey Bunch” bunching table in oak. 

Bungalow 5 Gold-leaf iron “Clover” tables with hand-cut marble tops converge to create one larger surface.