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 Acrylic and Brushed Brass Coffee Table takes the traditional coffee table and updates it with a sleek profile. The brushed brass panel that extends between the legs adds a unique touch to this piece, softening the square angles with its natural texture. This coffee table is a dramatic, modern piece to feature in a contemporary home.