In December 2019 – roughly three months before the pandemic redefined nearly everything that was considered normal – New York interior designer Christine Gachot had this to say about the dining room.

“Rather than creating showpiece formal dining rooms, the dining room of the next decade will be a hub of energy for the home: work station, buffet, homework table, bar, and beyond,” she told MyDomaine, a website that follows lifestyle developments and design trends. “Space is valuable, and it should work for the life you actually live!"

Little did she realize just how spot-on her prediction would be.

The pandemic, as we know all too well, has forced many adults to work from home and turned millions of homes into remote classrooms. And much of this new activity takes place – you guessed it – in the dining room.

We can’t help but wonder how many families actually eat a

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