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Parsons Desk Inspiration

A Table as Versatile as Your Swiss Army Knife

Although there is some controversy about who actually designed it, there is exactly zero debate about the enduring nature of the Parsons table. Defined by square legs that are the exact width of the tabletop, the piece is a study in practicality, utility, and versatility. What other piece of furniture can function as a desk, nightstand, console, a dining room table, and a bar? The secret lies in the basic design of the piece, which seems simple, but was a revelation when it debuted in the 1930s. These days, the Parsons table can be found in sizes and materials to match every style, from gorgeous lacquered pieces to
mirrored versions. In case you aren't yet convinced that you need a little Parsons in your life, check out our nine inspiration photos below!

This is inspiring us to move our office outside! Sure, it is impractical but it looks so good, who cares?

A white lacquered version fits seamlessly into this feminine room.

A supreme example of how the Parsons desk plays well with other furniture. In this case, a Saarinen tulip table and an upholstered armchair.


How cute is this miniature version? Not only is it a great for small spaces, the small Parsons is the perfect size to do double duty as a nightstand.

Further proof that the iconic design can take on almost any design aesthetic!

This might be our favorite use of a Parsons table yet.

Our love affair with Parsons tables continues after the break!

Matching tabletop lamps are enough to unify the Parsons desk and midcentury nightstand.

A wood finish adds a rustic, warm touch to this Parsons desk.

What a coincidence! Piled high with Hermès boxes is just how we like our desks, too!

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