The Platner Table: Using the S Plan to Decorate

The Platner table was popular from its release in 1966 and quickly became accepted as one of the most elegant and iconic designs to come out of the Modernist period of the mid- twentieth century. The design is stylish and diverse enough to be used in an assortment of decorating styles and with a wide variety of furniture. The use of the vertical steel rods sculpts a distinctive form and is certain to be noticed in any setting. Whether you use the striking dining table or smaller tables when deciding on the layout of a setting, use these ideas to enhance its appearance in the room:

 Shape. The pinched waist design of the base of the table is created by the bent vertical rods used for the base which draws the eye to the moire’ pattern they create. Place the table where it can be seen from multiple angles and group it together with complimentary and similar shapes. A large rectangular background, like a sofa from the same era, will accentuate its flowing lines, as will tall standing lamps.

 Silhouette. A view of the table in silhouette is the best way to display its form. Open areas behind seating arrangements or on the other side of the table from the normal approach route will draw the eye of someone approaching it, to its distinctive form. Indirect lighting will create a lit backdrop for the table.

 Shadows. The table has a blend of curves from its base and the circular tabletop and the straighter lines of the base rods. If the primary light sources come from the sides of the table rather than above it, both the base and top will create a pattern of shadows in the room. This can be both complimentary to the form of the table as well as being distracting – decide which one applies to you.

 Spacing. Apart from having a practical layout for the room to allow easy traffic flow around or through the furnishing, plan your walkways to allow sufficient space to allow the table to be seen well in the setting. Spacing side tables equally on either side of a sofa creates visual symmetry, just remember to avoid making the room look like a parade ground.

 Surface. The most common finish for the table top is glass. Glass adds both visual appeal and shine to its immediate vicinity. Balance the hard appearance of the surface with floral arrangements for a softer feel or use geometric shapes in the ornaments to accentuate the lines in its design.

 Style. The table is versatile enough to be used with many distinct styles of furniture. Some designers like to use classic Louis VXI chairs to show off the style of both designs, many prefer to make use of the sofas and chairs of the Modern era. Whatever you chose, the most important style is the one that you find most appealing or comfortable. Seek out the pieces that reflect your own personal style and taste.