Best Bet: In the Clear

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Photo: Courtesy of Gus Modern

The more times we move in New York, the less we feel up to assembling yet another item of furniture from the eager DIY-ers at Ikea. The assembly-free Timber Table by Gus Modern is made of clear acrylic and etched to resemble wood grain, offering a playful departure from the standard side table. It’s unusual without being showy or overly designed. And it measures just a foot across, making it compact enough to fit into space-cramped studios (or your "cozy" Manhattan bedroom).

Timber Table by Gus Modern, $235 at Bobby Berk Home or online.