Offering balance without dominating a room, a side table is ideal for setting lamps or books, as well as displaying objets d’art. When chosen well, it’s a piece that can make all the difference to any room. Here are five of our favourite pieces.

 Iron Tripod Table by Barbara Barry

Crafted in gold leaf over iron with an antique mirror top, this unique sculptural table designed by Californian style maven Barbara Barry lends an air of sophistication to any room. Price and availability upon request at Barbara Barry Paragon.

 Kenaz by Visionnaire

A pretty side table with a surface of marble or semi-precious stone, an underside in polished lacquered wood, and a snail-shaped base in satinised aluminium cast, this Art Deco-inspired table certainly makes a statement. Price upon request, available at Visionnaire Singapore Marquis Furniture Gallery.

 Brisley by Minotti

Inject a dose of sophisticated glamour into your living room with the Brisley side table. Made from glossy chrome-plated metal, the design by Rodolfo Dordoni comes in two different models. From $4,200, available at Minotti by Marquis Interior.

 Recipio ’14 by B&B Italia

Designed by Antonio Citterio, the Recipio ’14 small table comes with a tripod frame and lacquered top in the shape of a serving tray—a stylish addition that is versatile enough to fit into any room in your home. From $1,790, available at Space Furniture.

Prune Salt by Akar de Nissim

The Singapore-based brand was inspired by the contrast of salt and pepper—the marble as the former and anthracite oak as the latter—to create this timeless piece. The squircle top lends the solid materials a softer touch. Price upon request, available at Akar De Nissim.

This story was originally published in Singapore Tatler Homes February-March 2017.