YD Design Storm #35: Side Table Designs trending this week

The YD Design Storm takes a look at products, services, and spaces that are storming the internet. The idea? To turn internet-storming material into brainstorming material! Scroll down for our collection of handpicked works from design websites, portfolios, and social media. Get inspired, save projects, pin images, or share links with fellow design enthusiasts! This edition of Design Storm focuses on the best side table designs that are trending right now!

Watch this space for your digest of design brain-fodder… and an ever-evolving map of design trends!

Illusion Table by John Brauer for Essey

Vista Concrete side table by Benton Fusion

Ostrich Side Table by Mario Tsai

Twin Side Table by ByLassen

Cooper Side Table by Nina Mair

Plisago Side Tables by Studio Besau-Marguerre

Daisy Stool & Side Table by Warm Nordic

Drip Side Table by Blackman Cruz

Kroll Sidetable (of the Kroll Collection) by Max Voytenko

The Butler designed to be a stepstool, side table and an impromptu desk by  Shane Schneck of Office for Design

The fluted gradient table does a wonderful job of self-creating its patterns

No matter what angle you look at it from, the Fluted Gradient Table looks slightly different, because it picks up elements of objects behind it and warps them into a pattern. This pattern helps the Fluted Gradient Table blend in, but also stand out. It’s purely transparent, and uses textured glass and a printed gradient film to really make a product pop. Designed by Bangkok-based Thinkk Design, the tables are part of a collection titled ‘Made In Thailand’ that is a result of collaboration with local Thai manufacturers and craftsmen to create a collection that distances itself from aesthetics that are traditionally Thai.

The design is a result of taking a fluted piece of glass and a regular piece of glass and sandwiching a printed gradient film between them. The disappearing gradient does its share of adding a certain pop to the furniture, but ultimately the fluted glass steals the show. It works almost like a kaleidoscope, warping everything behind it, even itself, creating a mesmeric series of patterns that change as you view it from different angles!

Designer: Thinkk

A Rollable Desk for The Ever-Changing Workplace!


Whilst at first it may be thought that a table within the workplace is a relatively permanent fixture, the ever-changing demands and increase in popularity of flexible workspaces as seen a desk’s location needing to be far more fluid.

The TEMP table is exactly what its name would suggest, temporary. Its high form elevates the table top making it ideal for a standing desk, whilst its clever construction means that it can be removed from the workplace in no time; a cleverly thought-out locking mechanism ensures for a sturdy desk, but when necessary, the top pivots to rest parallel with the stand. A large void in the body makes carrying the table easier, as do the contrasting wheels in the lower corner.

Despite TEMP’s form being unique and bold, it does not dominate the workplace, but rather compliments its surroundings and fits in perfectly.

Designer: Gerhardt Kellermann for Gump







This 911 Writing Desk is clearly for die-hard Porsche-lovers


The Porsche 911 Writing Desk by 3 GJB 17 gives you one more reason and opportunity to correct those commoners who pronounce it “Porsh” by telling them it is, in fact, “Por-shuh”…

Made from original Porsche 911 body parts, coated in Arctic Silver automotive paint, and finished with Custom Made American Walnut attachments that complement the car’s contours beautifully, the 911 Writing Desk takes the iconic car’s rear end, converting its boot hood into a writing surface that doubles up as a cabinet for storing your stationery (using a spring-loaded hinge that lifts the boot lid up).

There’s no reason you’d NEED the Porsche 911 Writing Desk over any other writing desk (an IKEA or Pottery Barn one, perhaps), but its design may sure leave you lusting after it anyway. Definitely the kind of furniture to be the focal point of your workspace, the Porsche 911 Writing Desk is unusual in every way, from its unlikely inspiration and material source, to the way the boot lid turns into a desk/privacy-partition, to just the surprisingly complementary combination of metal and wood styled to work together marvelously well… and when I say unusual, I mean unusual in a good way!

Designer: 3 GJB 17










Using Creativity to Make School Less Scary


Between being introduced to an unfamiliar, often sterile place and being separated from their family temporarily, a child’s first few days of school can be scary. Designed with this in mind (and just in time for the back to school season), the Zooo table aims to take their worries away by providing a creative and comfortable space from the get-go.

Kids can customize their own chair with a number of different animal facial features from ears to eyes to noses, simultaneously creating a sense of ownership and familiarity while exercising their creativity. They’ll make and be able to identify their own personal spot each day and associate it with fun and comfort. Furthermore, the design is made of warm, welcoming materials like wood and felt to make it as inviting and comfortable as possible.

Designer: Farid Hatami and Shirin Amini







A Table To Hold and Hold On To Forever

Imagined after the designer’s own personal frustration with the difficulty of furniture maintenance while he was moving from place to place, the Element No.1 table explores new territory in terms of construction and assembly. Designer Simo Lahtinen states, “It is a stand against throwawayism and ‘disposable’ furniture that includes vain moving parts and does not endure disassembling.” Beautifully said!

The all-new table can easily transition from side to sofa table within one space thanks to its handle that makes it easy to carry. With all parts constructed from a singular planar sheet, and with a thoughtful approach to assembly, it elementary the need for screws, glue, and tools to put together. Oh, and it’s pretty easy on the eyes if I do say so myself.

Designer: Simo Lahtinen for Magisso









A Table for Urban Nomads


Students and young people in general tend to live a somewhat nomadic lifestyle until they start settling down after college. Noticing that this was true for himself, designer Nathanael Gonzalez wanted to create a table that could travel easily from apartment to apartment within the city without sacrificing style.

Dubbed the City table, it can be constructed and deconstructed in a cinch. Simply twist its wood bolts to attach the surface to the legs. Inspired by a steel factory table, these bolts also make for an interesting aesthetic detail. Free of any easily lost metal parts or screws, it’s easily assembled without any tools or glue. Better yet, it can be packed perfectly flat making it a dream to move between places!

Designer: Nathanael Gonzalez