A firm believer in investing in quality products that will be cherished forever, interior and product designer Lorena Gaxiola bought her original Zanotta coffee table over 10 years ago. “Despite its age it continues to look impeccable,” explains Lorena. “I love the size, height and Carrara marble top. It is both durable and sleek, my daughter loves to use it as a mini stage!”
A place to display her travel treasures, it’s home to an ever-growing collection of design books, healing crystals, a one of a kind sculpture made with Mexican clay and relics that hark back to a transformative experience. “I have a collection of Egyptian memorabilia which inspires me daily,” says Lorena. “I once had a life regression experience that placed me back in the ancient Egyptian era, so the pieces refer to that.” For those unsure, past life regression is a hypnosis technique that help you recover what practitioners believe are memories of past lives or incarnations!
With an opinion that more is less, Lorena isn’t afraid of – as she puts it – ‘overwhelming’ her table. “I love having a lot of objects on my table. I like having items that are stackable like books to add scale, with contrasting organic shapes to add a sense of whimsy.”
Treating her coffee table like a bookshelf, she doesn’t often change the contents: “I might add flowers or crystals but generally I just pile more books onto it.” More than anything the coffee table acts as a place of expression and individuality, which is Lorena’s big tip when styling yours at home. “It doesn’t need to follow any specific rule or decor. It can be a standalone eclectic piece or a very understated piece perfect to display funky objects.”
Photography: Susan Papazian