As any close-knit family knows, the number of visitors at an impromptu event can swell at any moment. How lovely to be prepared with the effortlessly expanding Charniera Family Console. Literally meaning "hinge," this traditional convertible top console is a throwback to those found in the turn-of-the-century French countryside. The matching lower support braces are forged iron, curled to repeat the lion's paw motif of the channel-grooved hickory uprights. Suitable as a compact sofa console when closed, the console top expands to a full dining width of 38 inches. An unexpected option for homes requiring additional dining space.