The coffee table grew out of the popular tea tables used in 17th century Britain. These slender, high tables made it easier to give tea service to guests and allowed them to rest their cups between sips. The first coffee house in Britain opened in 1650, and the growing popularity of coffee gave way to the development of the coffee table. In the early 20th century, this table was given shorter legs and highly marketed to Americans. In 1936, American furniture designer Joseph Aronson describes a "low, wide table now used before a sofa or couch. There is no historical precedent...." Our exquisite Round Carved Wood Coffee Table is sleek and modern, but its unique base is fashioned to look like bamboo stalks, giving it an unpretentious charm. This table features a simple X-base and a beautifully polished marble top that work together to create a casual, yet sophisticated, coffee table for your home.