Our new house has a very odd living room space. So far I've not figured out a good way to make it work. The overall space is long, leaning towards narrow and quirky. The opposite ends works perfectly for the dining room, but the main portion, though larger is very awkward, hampered by several oddly placed features. First of all, and my least favorite is that the front door opens right up into that same space, which, to me, cuts off a good chunk for the entry way (that is, until we can find a way to change this, hopefully). The remaining portion has one side cut awkwardly by the stairs, the other side saddled with a very large radiator under the big window and the far end filled with the door to the sunroom/office and a large fireplace. The remaining space is odd no matter how you look at it. Right now, since we aren't really using the space yet, there's not much in it other than a love seat, a ottoman and a desk. The area we've divided off for now as the entry contains a bit more furniture actually since we really do use that space for quite a bit.
In my head, I'm still working out the puzzle of how to shift all of the furniture & rugs to create a useful space (or least on that looks like we could use it), more of a sitting area than a full scale living room, since we have both a good sized family room and a nice office space right now just beyond. And in my head, as those tiny little wheels keep spinning around over the 4.5 million little things I need to do to this house I've gotten stuck on the idea of a lucite coffee table to anchor my odd space solution. It's something that I used to not really see the point of, until I moved into this house and now it just seems brilliantly suited to the space. Light, airy, there, but not there. Remaining functional, while seeming to free up the space. And it will be even better when I finally find the right rug for the space to just float underneath. There are a wide variety options of clear, lucite, acrylic, glass and the like in a wide variety of price ranges, with some of the most impressive being vintage finds. I'm thinking something more basic and streamlined, like the cb2 peekaboo table (above & below), will be what works for us. Here are a few shots I've pulled together for inspiration of lucite & other clear coffee & cocktail tables.