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chip off the old block

normann copenhagen’s block table is fast becoming a modern design classic and with good reason. ever since i first spotted it on their stand at the stockholm furniture fair back in 2013 i’ve been coveting one for my home, and now i’ve finally got my mitts on one, thanks to uk stockists houseology.

designed by danish product designer simon legald, the block table is a mobile side table inspired by the classic bar cart or trolley table, simplified and modernised to embody a contemporary scandinavian aesthetic. two rounded tray levels are juxtaposed by contrasting wooden verticals for a visually pleasing silhouette, and the trolley is available in seven stylish colourways – black, white, light grey, dark grey, red, dark blue and dusty green – making it almost impossible to choose a favourite!

for me, simplicity describes the true identity of objects and makes them trustworthy. in my design, i try not to add any unnecessary details. i work with simplicity by highlighting the necessities instead of hiding them. it gives the product a simple and honest expression. ~ simon legald

for me, the key to its success is in the clean unobtrusive shape of the trolley and subsequent versatility of use. i originally set mine up as a coffee station in my home office but over the winter break decided to switch things up a little and repurpose it as a bedside table, to keep all of my daily essentials (read: coffee, magazines, chocolate and skincare) close to hand while i hibernated under the covers for days on end, chain-watching netflix and catching up on all my favourite blogs.

i’m pretty sure it’ll be transformed into a cocktail trolley in the living room someday soon too, or maybe as a mobile pantry in the kitchen.. in fact, i might just have to invest in another one!

are you a fan of the block table? if so, which colour would you choose for your home…

 this post was created in collaboration with houseology. i only ever work with products and brands that i love and all opinions and photography are, as always, my own.

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  1. I am a huge fan of these Normann Copenhagen trolleys. A modern design classic for sure! I’m sure it will be used in so many different ways but LOVE the bedside table idea. Just beautiful xx

    1. Thanks hun! x

  2. oh what a beauty and I would sooooooo choose the white. It has so many uses. Love it and agree it is destined to be a design classic x

    1. White really is the most versatile option, will work in any decor!

  3. What a lovely design. I especially like the fact that it’s a trolley with wheels, as it makes it so much easier to move around.

    1. Yep, it really is easy to shift around. I previously had it in front of a cupboard I didn’t use too often but was easy to move out the way when I needed to get something out.

  4. It’s cute and practical, too – I think it would look cool in a kids room, as well.

    1. Definitely a kid-friendly design Antonia!

  5. So many uses for this great table. Definitely a design classic. Love how you’ve styled it.

    1. Thanks so much Stacey!

  6. I love a trolley table, they’re so versatile. This one is definitely on my wish list!! X

    1. Can totally see one at home in your house Cate xx

  7. Love this Kate. Multifunction furniture is my fave. And anything by normann copenhagen always make me go “oooh”. Looks great as a bedside!!x

    1. I agree, I pretty much love anything by Normann Copenhagen too – so covetable!

  8. I’ve had my eye on one of those trolleys for ages. Beautiful styling Kate. x