邊桌、茶几、咖啡桌的起源可追溯至日本室町時代、明朝清朝時代，物料及形態發展則由後維多利亞時期至一次二次世界大戰時期大大改變，至今仍在進化。本著“A single surface to place things”的基本機能，茶几本來的初始規限是沙發三分之二的高度，或是低於沙發坐墊1 - 2寸的附屬品， 現已發展成多功能的空間主角。挑選時，可多想想將傢俬周圍搬動時，每個空間的實際變化，如：空間的濕度差異、物料的保養程序；若要作小凳子用，也請謹記參考物料的承重指標。
Serving a singular purpose - a surface to place things, the coffee/ side table was once a complement of other furniture at the 2 / 3 height of a sofa, or 1 - 2 inches under the seating pad. Being a centrepiece of anywhere, the beginning of coffee/side tables can date back to the Muromachi Period and Ming Dynasty, whilst drastic change in form and material can be found from the late Victorian era to the first and second World War.
Time to pause and slow things down when sunlight pass through the structure in the early morning, at noon and the evening. A bedside table with a tiny and round table lamp to stare at before sleep. Somewhere to place a book, a cup of tea, as a temp. working table and to step on for picking up things we put at the top of the build-in storage. Hang on a minute and imagine the exact difference among rooms e.g. non-identical humidity of study room and bathroom, the care and maintenance of certain materials; if you are taking the low table as stool or ladder, don’t forget to take the maximum load into account.