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April 28, 2005

It's Hip to Be Square

People coming away from this spring's High Point Market might have taken with them a new perspective on dining and entertaining. If so, it’s no doubt one that puts guests and hosts on equal footing. While rectangular dining tables with their inherent "head of the table" status conventions were still very much the norm, a new, more equable shape for dining took the helm in cutting-edge showrooms throughout the market: the square.

Square's achieve the camaraderie of circles without the generic, hotel ballroom feel most people try to keep out of their homes. Some are relaxed, bohemian versions, like the Losquare from the Platform Collection by Shermag's Normand Couture, Canada's reigning mogul of modular. The low profile table sits atop metallic sweeps that keep it looking light instead of anchored to the ground. And while you're enjoying all the good conversation this table invites, you wont be distracted by bumping fellow guests' knees and feet. In Couture's design, everything has its place and everything has its reason.

From Excelsior, the Positao dining table is square and formal, with metallic accents for the sake of beauty, it's a table that lets guests be equal but reminds them to keep their backs straight and their elbows off.

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