Tiny table evolves The tall but tiny French table was first seen in the 18th century and in the last 300 years it has served various purposes. In the 1920s it became a martini table where seated folks placed their single drink. In the 1960s and 1970s when smoking was popular, it became a free-standing ashtray. Now designers think the martini table should be back, but it has been missing in the marketplace, says San Francisco's Jay Jeffers. He has created a collection of five of them with Arteriors (arteriorshome.com). The useful auxiliaries with a small footprint could hold a remote or a book, or hold your drink with style, according to Tom Gavan of The Wall Street Journal. At Anteriors, Jeffers' Simone Accent Table ($1,350) has a height-adjustable brass base and engraved black top. At 1stdibs.com, William Eubanks' Square Peg Accent Table ($750) is black with a great base and top design. The One-Drink Table, $225 at katyskelton.com, is slightly taller, narrower, and lighter colored. The best buy is the glass-topped Modernist Side Table for $149 at Westelm.com. At $2,075, Alfredo Haberli's all-wood Birch April Table can be found at Morlen Sinoway-Atelier.