When more arrived, she folded in the leaves and pushed the now-square table up to another square table for 8 seats (a few were children).
I hoped more people would show up, to see what else this simple-but-effective design would do. What if we made two partial circles with the flat sides pushed together — would that hold 10 people? Or three tables with the flat parts together and the round ends out — would that hold as many as 18 people?
Sure, dining room tables at home perform like this. So maybe the innovation didn't reach the level of our Innovation Issue, but how many times have you seen it at a restaurant? Right — none. And how many times would it have been a big help? Exactly — lots.