Pottery Barn is referenced a number of times in the US TV Show Friends, for example when Rachel buys furniture for Phoebe’s apartment (which she is staying in at the time), and claims that it’s all authentically old furniture, it’s actually all from Pottery Barn. Another example is in TV show Seinfeld, Kramer talks with Jerry about how he is receiving too many catalogs from Pottery Barn. He saves the collected catalogs, takes them and throws them into the store. Also Sheldon Cooper references it often in the show The Big Bang Theory. A Pottery Barn retail store is seen situated next to Felix Ungar’s Manhattan F. U. Enterprises office/studio in “The Odd Couple’s” first season in 1970 . Pottery Barn is referenced in the Broadway Musical Dear Evan Hansen, as a location where the title character works. He informs another character that he can get her and her family a discount in “overpriced home décor. ”
Furniture during the Middle Ages is not as well known as that of earlier or later periods, and most sources show the types used by the nobility. In the Eastern Roman Empire, tables were made of metal or wood, usually with four feet and frequently linked by x-shaped stretchers. Tables for eating were large and often round or semicircular. A combination of a small round table and a lectern seemed very popular as a writing table. In western Europe, the invasions and internecine wars caused most of the knowledge inherited from the classical era to be lost. As a result of the necessary movability, most tables were simple trestle tables, although small round tables made from joinery reappeared during the 15th century and onward. In the Gothic era, the chest became widespread and was often used as a table.