The future is not here yet for coffee, but the future for the coffee industry is still quite bright.
A number of new brands are in the pipeline and new products are emerging, but what is the future of the coffee table?
A recent poll by Mint found that nearly half of Australians would like to see a new generation of coffee tables made by a company in the US.
But while the majority of Australians have a positive view of coffee table design, a lot of them are not quite ready to embrace the trend.
“We know from research that people who want to drink a cup of coffee are often worried about its aesthetics,” says Peter Wilson, director of the Australian Business Research Institute (ABRI) in Sydney.
“So a lot more research needs to be done on the actual design of the table.”
But some of the most popular coffee tables around the world are designed in the style of a vintage book, and are still going strong.
While the trend for coffee tables has seen significant shifts in design over the last couple of decades, the main trend is still to make the table in a way that people want to sit and drink.
This can be a problem for a number of reasons, including a lack of space, lack of storage space and poor insulation.
“There’s a lot to consider when you’re designing a coffee table,” says Wilson.
“The type of wood that’s used is important too.”
Wood, as it turns out, is important.
“You’re not going to be able to use the same type of material as a vintage table and that means you have to think about how you can best balance the space between the table and the wood,” he says.
The problem with the modern coffee table is that it’s not quite as easy as you might think.
“It’s not really about how well the table is constructed,” Wilson says.
“For the past 20 years, the average coffee table has been about 30 per cent thicker than a traditional table and is about three times heavier than a modern one.”
In a modern cafe, a coffee machine is a huge component.
In a cafe, the coffee machine sits next to the table, and in the kitchen, the kitchen sink sits next the table.
“These are huge, complex and heavy components, so the more you use the table the more the coffee gets stuck in the machine,” Wilson explains.
This has created a problem, and that’s where the modern model comes in.
“What we’re trying to do is make the design of a modern coffee tables really simple,” he explains.
“Just the way the wood is treated, how it’s treated on the outside, how the wood itself is treated to make it very strong and then how it is treated on top of that.
We’re trying not to do things that would compromise the strength of the wood and make it much more difficult to clean and to use.”
One example of the simplicity of modern coffee models is the “no-frame” design.
This design allows the table to be designed in a very simple manner and does not require a lot.
“I think we can call this modern design a coffee-table,” says Dr Wilson.
For most people, the idea of having a simple design will appeal, but for some, the simplicity is a bit too much.
“If you want to design a beautiful coffee table that’s not too complicated then the no-frame design can work,” he notes.
“But if you want a design that’s really complex then it can get a bit complicated and there’s a chance of it going wrong.”
Dr Wilson says the design changes in a coffee house or bar can have a significant impact on the aesthetics.
“One of the problems is that the furniture is not always the same,” he admits.
“All of these things have to be thought about when designing a design for the modern café table.” “
For many people, however, a simple and easy design is enough to get them going. “
All of these things have to be thought about when designing a design for the modern café table.”
For many people, however, a simple and easy design is enough to get them going.
“Modern design can be quite a pain when it comes to the design, and you might get quite frustrated if you end up with a coffee chair that’s way too big,” says Alex Rabinovitch, a designer at design firm Finsbury, in Sydney, Australia.
“When you get into design, you have a lot less control over what you put on the table,” he adds.
“That means that when you are designing a chair, the design can really get complicated.”
Dr Rabinomitch says that in his opinion, the modern design has been successful in helping to make coffee more accessible for people who need it most.
“As a coffee barista, the most important thing I do is I try to make my customers happy, not necessarily get them