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There is a very ugly side to furniture from the middle of our century. Deep in the graveyard of 1960's home decor there exists a geometrical nightmare haunting cottage sunrooms at best, but most commonly curb sides and the “just friggen take it” section of high volume yard sales. We’re talking about the hexagonal side tables.

Didn’t we all agree that mid-century modern furniture was of the most drool worthy detail and comprised of some of the most highly coveted craftsmanship in design history?

With it’s clean lines, smoothly tapered legs, hints of brass hardware and so on, mid-century modern furniture is regarded as as a treasure chest era of style maintaining its trendiness right through to this very moment. It’s so overtly popular, even current pieces inspired by mcm do not remain available for very long.

mid-century modern furniture is regarded as as a treasure chest era of style maintaining its trendiness right through to this very moment. It’s so overtly popular, even current pieces inspired by mcm do not remain available for very long.

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There is however, a very ugly side to furniture from the middle of our century. Deep in the graveyard of 1960 home decor there exists a geometrical nightmare haunting cottage sunrooms at best, but most commonly curb sides and the “just friggen take it” section of high volume yard sales. We’re talking about the hexagonal side tables.



Often found in pairs (because misery loves company, of course), the hexagonal side table is the dark side of mid century modern. While this style of side table does bring with it clean lines and an impressive storage cavity, its double door access (another strong point) is almost always fitted with some sort of over the top ornate facade. Be it detail chisled right into the wood, additional carvings later affixed, or even the ultra horrendous plastic plates glued in place, these tables mean well but have always been a firm no in the outfitting of a primary living space.


with six idenitcal sides, a hexagon side table shows well no matter where eyes are



Looks aside, the vintage hexagonal side table is actually a rather notable piece of furniture. Since it’s a hexagon with all sides being of equal size and composite; the only difference is the two that function as doors. In short, these pieces technically have no back or front side and as such can happily reside in a space with universal display. For example, parked beside a single arm chair or next to a sofa with its backside exposed.


Second to its win with angles, these tables are remarkable storage pieces. With two of the six sides serving as access points for its cavity, you are offered twice the width to store bulkier items like throws or off season throw pillows. Utilizing this space for a higher traffic purpose such as a liquor stash or mini library is also an option as they are without interior shelving and can easily offer a height for bottles and books to each stand upright with ease.

All in all, these tables have good bones. The vintage hexagonal side table are your sisters hand-me-down overalls. Straight up, they are not your style. They are clunky, and busy and not what you would have picked had you been given the choice. Your mom however is really good at turning things up positive and points out to you, the new hesitant owner, all of the pockets and their infinite possibilities, their durability and their function. Hello overalls, do you also come in two’s?

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