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The photo below depicts the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles.  This large, unusual conference table was built to handle large meetings.  The design allows attendees to gather around a central opening where the conference leaders are seated.

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The Treaty of Versailles marked the end of World War I and also formed the League of Nations.  Once again, a pivotal moment in history, and a conference table is there!

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This beautiful conference table hosted 2 events in US history. It is the site where the (First) Geneva Convention was signed in 1864, founding the Committee of the Red Cross

Later, in 1872, an international tribunal meeting here settled the so-called "Alabama Claims" of the USA against the UK for their actions during the US Civil War.

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This section of our blog usually reserved for the information on conference tables throughout history.  I feel that this table built by the advertising agency, Boys and Girls, (Dublin) is worthy of being called historical. 

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This remarkable conference table top is constructed of 22,742 legos.  The conference table top sits on a stainless steel base and has a glass top covering the legos.  The creative builders even included a center grommet for wiring.  

Maybe they were trying to copy the contempory conference tables made at Stoneline Designs?  Both the Quadrant Glass Conference table and the Axis Conference table feature a custom glass table top over a steel base.  They also have data and power ports built in.
This is a modern photo of the conference table used during the Yalta Conference in the Livadiya Palace, Ukraine. In 1945 the Allied leaders -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin sat at this very table to discuss Europe's structure and organization after the war.
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A critical event in modern history, and conference tables were there!

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This photo shows President Eisenhower's Cabinet, meeting in the cabinet room. President Eisenhower is seated in the center on the right side of the conference table, and then-Vice President Nixon in the center on the left. The photo was taken on May 10, 1957 -- 53 years ago almost to the day.

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This photo shows the Conference of the Allied Expeditionary Air Force, held in August 1944. Seated at the table (l to r): Lt Col D Heathcote Amery, Maj Gen R Royce, Air Chf Mshl Sir Sholto Douglas, Air Chf Mshl Sir Arthur Harris, Air Chf Mshl Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory, Maj Gen F L Anderson, Lt Gen J H Doolittle, Brig Gen F L Parks, Air Mshl Sir Roderick Hill.

Past and future leaders of our nation meet, and conference tables are there! In this photo, President Gerald Ford talks with CIA Director George H.W. Bush at a meeting of the National Security Council in 1976.
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The dot com boom led to many innovations in workplace culture, such as casual dress codes, employees bringing their dogs to work, and even sometimes game tables used as conference tables:conference-ping-pong.jpg
This super-casual approach may have worked great for the dot commers, but most businesses find more value in separating work and play. Keep the table tennis games for after hours, and let your conference table be a productive space that makes a good impression with clients.

(table tennis/conference table photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.) 

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This 1919 political cartoon about the Paris Peace Conference shows Georges Clemenceau, prime minister of France, inviting German delegates to sit at a conference table with spiked chairs, manacles at each seat, and platters of cactus and nettle. The cartoon reflects German fears that the Treaty of Versailles, created at the conference, would mean harsh terms towards Germany.
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Stoneline's office will be closed from December 22 until January 4. Whether you set your holiday table with a tree, a menorah, a kinara, or even an aluminum pole, we hope you have a wonderful holiday and a happy new year!

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This conference table is from very recent history: US Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas (CDMA), 3 September 2008. Secretary Gates expressed support for defense ministers throughout the Americas to work together "while also respecting and honoring the sovereignty of each nation." He also spoke on the need for cooperative disaster relief: "We still do not have a comprehensive, hemispherewide mechanism to channel outside assistance to disaster areas effectively." 
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In 1621 the pilgrims and members of the Wampanoag sat down together to share a harvest feast. Take a moment to be thankful for all the good things in life, and have a happy Thanksgiving!
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William Pickering, James Van Allen and Wernher von Braun of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory hold up a model of the Explorer 1 rocket. This news conference on January 31, 1958, announced the successful launch of Explorer 1, the first US satellite in space.

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AtThePeaceConference.jpgPolitical satire has a long tradition of both reflecting and shaping public opinion. In this Swiss WWI-era cartoon titled "At the Peace Conference," the nations of France, England, the US, Belgium and Italy sit around the conference table smoking pipes together, with a PAX statue in the center of the table. The conference table is supported by a platform of bombs and powder kegs, labeled "World Revolution." 

The caption reads, "I hope they will soon get through with this Peace Pipe smoking. A spark might fall underneath, and then--!!!?" The cartoon was published during the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, and reflects fears that the victors of WWI, by attempting to create a lasting peace would instead destabilize Europe.

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A nation gains independence and conference tables are there! The Dutch-Indonesian Round Table Conference of 1949 formalized the end of Dutch colonialism in what was then called the "Dutch East Indies," and recognition of Indonesia as a sovereign country.