At A Glance: Ingeniously captured by grooves in the solid walnut legs, honed white marble rests in suspension to form the top of the Free Range Side Table. Throw in brass detailing and a black powder-coated steel frame, and the piece is complete. We think this end table's highly attractive and worthy of admiration, and promise to ring a cowbell each time a Free Range table finds a home with one of y'all. One of us will even make a mooing sound, and his co-workers will want to poke him with cattle prods.
What's To Like: Fine materials and unique form. There's something about the combination of marble and walnut that captures our fancy. Perhaps it's the implication of wealth - or maybe it's the legitimate quality of the actual materials themselves. Either way, you could just stick them together, but Blu Dot went farther and made the Free Range Side Table into a work of art. It's really pretty.
What's Not to Like: If you drop something hard and heavy on this end table's tabletop, all bets are off. It'll probably crack. Just stay away from it with anvils, alright?
The Bottom Line: It's not USDA Organic, but the Free Range Side Table is all natural and fully beautiful. It'll suit just about any living room, unless you have people in your home who like to throw anvils.
The Free Range Side Table from Blu Dot brings all the same boldness of design and sophistication of material to the fore as does its big brother, the Free Range Table. Like the bigger version of the table, this piece marries seemingly disparate elements (walnut, steel, and marble) into a coherent, beautiful, and functional piece of home furniture design.
Blu Dot is well known for their genre-bending furniture and their constant forward push when it comes to contemporary design. This table is one of the finest examples of their fearless ingenuity when it comes to producing the furniture of the future for the customers of the present. The marble slab that forms the table top is elegantly suspended in midair, lodged in artful notches at the tops of the walnut legs. Nothing else holds up the table top, giving it a floating, free-form look that defines the feel of the entire piece. Steel connecting beams at the bottom of the piece keep the walnut legs stable, but other than that the entire piece seems to be delicately perched but completely unified.
With materials so little seen together, that's difficult to accomplish. Walnut and marble and steel aren't common bedfellows, but Blu Dot and the Free Range Side Table aren't common either. There is a sense of freedom that accompanies this piece of furniture (and more than justifies its name) that is hard to find in the world of modern/contemporary design. It's a breath of fresh air, not to mention a perfect place to keep your books, alarm clock, and drink coasters!
If you're thinking about making a change in side tables, or redecorating a room that needs them, the Free Range Side Table is a bold, fresh choice that works both as functional furniture and sculptural art.
Blu Dot was founded in 1997 by John Christakos, Charles Lazor, and Maurice Blanks, three college friends who wanted to bring modern design and quality furnishing to everyone. Based in Minneapolis, Blu Dot does just that today- designing tables, chairs, sofas, and a variety of home accessories. Blu Dot furniture has a distinct feel and appearance- its products achieve a definite flair despite a minimalist appearance.