Old: Classic furniture pieces find ways into modern homes

A trestle table is the centerpiece of a wall grouping. The tableau has a contemporary feel because of the mix of accessory styles.

said. "Instead, eating happened in the great hall or in a formal bedchamber, so it was of the upmost importance that tables could be quickly set up and then taken back down again."

While the modern trestle tables share design elements with their ancestors, they are much more permanent.

"Of course, you could always use a board and two sawhorses for the same medieval effect," Azzarito said.

CURULE STOOL

This stool, with its X-shaped legs, is another piece that originated with the Egyptians — it dates back to at least 494 B.C. — and later adopted by the Romans. Julius Caesar sat on one, and other kings and dignitaries also used it on battlefields, while driving their chariots and as a camp stool.

It also popped up on the Chinese Silk Road.

"Even after thousands of years of use, the X-stool still looks pretty fantastic in the modern home. It's perfect at a dressing table; or use two at the foot of a bed or in the entryway," Azzarito said.

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