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Bell tables turn materials upside down

Glass gets grounded with this contemporary furniture design.

Traditionally, tables start with a sturdy wood or metal base and might finish with a glass top. German furniture designer Sebastian Herkner, who interned with fashion designer Stella McCartney in London before launching his own tiny studio in 2007, flips this material approach on its head. Hand-blown, jewel-tone tinted glass, complete with bubbles and bumps, is the foundation for on-trend copper tops. The distinctive design even won the coveted Red Dot Design Award. We love the jewelry-like effect, especially when clustered in sets of three. “Bell” table by ClassiCon, $2,540 at M2L, 104 Boylston St., Boston, 617-338-0002,