If you've just moved into a very cool loft, then you are probably looking forward to decorating it. The interesting thing about a loft, as you surely know by now, is that it's a large space that requires unique furniture. It's unlikely that a regular table from the store will fit the space. You might be looking for a more modern aesthetic, or simply a large table that will not be dwarfed by the the sheer size of the place. So, a great way to get the table is to assemble some parts and then have a local artisan construct it. You can easily source the three main parts: top, legs, and fasteners. Here is what you should get.
Go Big With A Slab
A great idea for a tabletop is a single slab. You can either get a marble slab or a wood slab. These are perfect for a modern loft because they have size and visual weight, and create a focal point. You can either get a rough slab, or a polished slab. Marble is a great choice because it looks beautiful and is strong. You can find a rough slab that has the edges exposed and maintains a hand cut appearance. Generally speaking, for a table top, you want the surface of the marble slab to be smoothed down. It does not need to be highly polished, but it should be smooth so that you don't have to worry about a glass of wine spilling on a pocked surface. A wood slab can be stained or oiled, or you could even have it treated with a protective layer of poly. These wood slabs work really well if your loft has old restored wood flooring and you want to keep the decor wood themed.
Custom Legs With Specially Designed Metal Tubing
One of the cool things about having your own table designed is that you don't have to stick with standard legs such as cabriole or Sheraton. You can create your own unique design using a tube bending service. For this step you might want to bring in the help of an artist and go over some sketches and then use these sketches as the basis for designing your legs. Once you have the design down, you can pick the specific width of the tube you want and then have them bent to shape.
Finally, you will want to get special hardware. You can use cast iron for a wooden table top and leave them exposed if you want a rustic look, or you can use traditional hardware and countersink everything and then have it covered with dowels. For the marble top, a popular choice is often an epoxy. However, if you want something a bit more sturdy, you could masonry bolts on the underside of the table.