“The dinner table is the center for the teaching and practicing not just of table manners but of conversation, consideration, tolerance, family feeling, and just about all the other accomplishments of polite society except the minuet.” -Judith Martin
A room set around the table sets the scenery for the “dining room”. The room that centers around gathering around the table serves: conversation, entertainment, and food. The usage of the dining room has been a staple in gathering in meals. Etiquette of dining has a large range from causal to formal.
The table and room themselves involves an infinite design creations partnered with temperament. The experience when dressing the room is shared from children to adults. Lessons begin at the table, teaching; responsibility, communication through discussion, manners, and more.
Gather around the table:
Tables, a basic in furniture, can be dated back to a minimum of 7th Century BCE. Simple in design, composing of a flat surface resting on les, pillars, and/or trestles. The original tables were made of metal, stone, glass or wood. Ancient civilizations have been noted to have used marble. It wasn’t until the 20th Century that crystal, plastic, and other different types of materials would be produced.
The word table was derived from the Latin word “tabula” which translated means: board, plank or a flat piece. The earliest types of tables were made to be transported, having the legs or trestles able to be removed for transit by horse. History shows that the gathering around the table or eating together at the table came into being in the Medieval period. Each period in time was marked by the different alterations that the actual design of the table would contain. For example the “Elizabethan Age” was known for the rounded legs.
In 1155 Wace was the first to describe the table. From there the symbolism, meaning, and legend of the table started to develop. The psychological aspect, also have played a huge part in time with King Authur’s Round Table.
The shapes of tables began as squares or rectangles. However, we see in the legend of the Round Table the purpose of the circle. The gift from King Authur’s father-in-law, this table was the first to show equality at the table. Round in shape this table announced that all whom sit, interact, or participate there are of equal status, making it a clear statement of the chivalry that increased under Authur.
Dining rooms were placed on completely different floors from the kitchens back in the day. A lot has changed over the years. Now most homes have the dining room within steps of the kitchen.
The Last Course:
The table-cloth came introduced itself to the dining room in the Victorian Era. The purpose was because it was considered to be in bad taste to show the legs of the table just like it was in poor taste for a woman to show any part of her legs.
Early tables used to be described as having a masculine design attribute. This could be due to the influence that men had on the basic furniture. After meals, women would excuse themselves to go to the drawing-room while men stayed at the dining table for after dinner drinks.
Our social behavioral habits have changed much from the century’s prior. Many times our meals are eaten at the counter tops or in front of the TVs in our family rooms. However, when it comes to holidays the dining room houses the family table.
Dining rooms can feed; breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and supper, etc. Whatever meal it is, this room still attracts all whom dwell in it to sit down together and share.
There is so much that can make this room a feast for the eyes. Dishes, silverware, glasses, chairs, walls, candles, flowers, etc so much to consider when choosing the décor.
Today, the dining room has evolved into the breakfast room which is a smaller place for meals for immediate family. The breakfast table or room is an intimate setting that brings us closer together, filling the gap between years.
The rewards of the table are trophies for our families. The table becomes the place where parents can engage children in speaking about their day or what happens to be on their young minds, resulting in better relationships. The table supports our society, in all fields.
The statement piece that stands on its own, basic as it may be, is significant in the dining room.
Toast to the TABLE!!
Style and Design,