It is constantly surprising to me, how simplicity can be the hardest thing to achieve. Take the Parsons table for example, can it get any simpler? 4 straight square legs, that are as wide as the top is thick.
Popular belief is that this table is theresult of a class taught by Jean Michel Frank at the Parsons School of Design in the 1930's. The brief was to design a table that could withstand any treatment, whether it be gold leaf, micah, upholstered or just bare wood, and boy, did they succeed!
Apparently the first was built by the school janitor in the basement, and now you can find them almost anywhere, at any price point, as consoles, dining tables, coffee tables or almost anything in between.
These are some of my favorites:
I know, Walmart!!!! This is a great example of the trype and less than $40.00!
West Elm would be one of the first places I would look for Parsons style, nicely made, well priced, what more can u ask for??
This is a great example of a Lacquered Parsons Dining Table at Twentieth ....Its Expensive though, but worth every penny.