The Charming Versatility of the Modern Parsons Table


A traditional Parsons table has four legs that are flush with the outside corner and was designed by Jean-Michel Frank in the 1930s. The name refers to the Parsons Design School, where he developed the idea.


Parsons table, white oak, free standing, with zebrawood, waterfall, bench at the Against The Grain showroom
Parsons table, white oak, free standing, with zebrawood, waterfall, bench at the Against The Grain showroom

More commonly today the term is used for a free-standing bar counter with two waterfall extensions, the similarity being the flush outside legs. The table can be attached to the island, or nest freely around one.



Parsons table, white oak, face grain, attached, with matching shelves
Parsons table, white oak, face grain, attached, with matching shelves

The free-standing design is a great solution that offers the option to move the table to create an additional table space or a buffet when needed. The Parsons table creates versatility and a fresh approach to the more dated, raised-bar design.


Parsons table, walnut, freestanding, face grain
Parsons table, walnut, freestanding, face grain

Contact us to discuss incorporating a Parsons table into your next design or to discuss adding on to your existing island space.