One of my favourite coffee tables has a very simple square metal frame with a wood or stone top. Its classic style works well in many different settings and it can be custom manufactured to any size including end or nesting tables.
Pictured here is a solid, hand-scraped mahogany top with an unfinished steel base that would work well in a loft/industrial setting. A more sleek, contemporary version would have a shiny chrome metal base and a glass or polished granite top.
Inspired by the Bluefish Home design, I purchased a vintage limestone coffee table from a consignment shop that I updated by having a new metal base made. I also had the limestone polished and presto – a brand new coffee table!