A place to set down your drink, glasses, book or remote. A perch to display your photo frames and beautiful objects. Even an extra seat when company requires. A side table can play various roles in the function of a room – and it has the potential to add personality and flair to your home via colour, shape, versatility or a tactile material. Take a big swing with this small accent in your entry, lounge, bedroom or bathroom.

Rachel Donath The Vernier side table – $1080

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First up we have the opulent Vernier side table by promising new talent Rachel Donath. The honey-coloured burl wood grain gives this piece an old-world charm while clean curves and simple geometry keep it distinctly contemporary. A concealed door reveals internal shelving – and we’ll take storage wherever we can get it! Designed in Melbourne, this elegant piece is robust enough to anchor your sofa or lounge chairs. Order via the Rachel Donath website.

Serax Pawn stool – $495

This adorable ceramic piece is designed by Marie Michielssen for the uber-cool Belgian brand Serax. The Pawn series plays with different colours, materials and geometric shapes for a collection that is decidedly mismatched. We love this green ceramic number, which works as seating as well as tablespace. The Pawn can be placed as a nightstand in the bedroom, a handy side table in your lounge room or a stool around the dining table.

LLH Studio Limestone No.2 – $990

The goal for Lauren Lea Haynes Studio’s Limestone series was to create conceptual and practical sculptures that serve as both functional tables and pieces of art. Like others in the collection, the No.2 is handcrafted from natural limestone – each piece is one-of-a-kind and holds its own as a sculpture as well as a table. Soft lines and a milky colourway make it an adaptable addition to a range of interior palettes.

Sarah Ellison Pepe side table – $829

Designed by Byron Bay studio Sarah Ellison, the Pepe table is finished in contrasting ash and walnut veneers – a simple, delicate form makes way for the bold, dual-tone feature. It makes for a striking bedside table, a statement end table or even an accent in your entry.

In Good Company Meguro stool – $2800

One of the latest pieces by John Bastiras Design Studio, the Meguro stool is inspired by a visit to Tokyo’s Meguro Catholic Church, designed in 1957 by architect Antonin Raymond. This versatile table is designed and manufactured in Melbourne and comes in various colours including aqua, black and natural oak (we especially love how the natural timber grain can still be seen through the brighter options). This piece gives casual-but-sophisticated vibes with its organic shape and tertiary palette. Order via In Good Company.

Per Capita Fettuccini stool – $1600

Handmade in Melbourne out of high-grade stainless steel, this modular object is designed to be used as a side table, stool or display surface. Its form, materiality and unique geometry are engineered to give a sleek and seamless appearance while the weight of the solid material provides a feeling of stability and permanency. Gently rounded edges and hand-finished surfacing ensure a soft interface, juxtaposing the hardness of steel. We love the honesty that comes with using a single material, showcasing metal’s natural finish and strength.

Fleur Studios travertine plinth – $599

Made in the material-of-the-moment, travertine, this luxe side table celebrates the unique beauty of natural stone. At just the right size, the refined minimal design looks fantastic bare, as a plinth for artwork or objects, or a place to rest your cocktail. The creamy travertine has subtle veining, allowing this table to tie in beautifully with warm and cool interiors.

Saarde Flow resin side table – $689

Design-led Sydney lifestyle brand Saarde has expanded its collection with the Flow Resin side table. Featuring an organic marble texture and a sophisticated shape, the solid resin construction is super-durable so you can make a statement in any room in the house – including the bathroom. This piece looks fabulous by the bath and is available in three sophisticated colours: Earth, Marshmallow and Peach Blush.

A version of this article first appeared in Domain Review, in partnership with Broadsheet.

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