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Consider the bedside table, a modest domestic surface that nonetheless offers as concise a portrait of human aspirations, anxieties and appetites as one could hope for in 2013. It’s a mess.

A new collection designed by Jeffrey Bernett and Nicholas Dodziuk and out this August, offers three scenarios to mediate the space: a bed with storage underneath and a small round table that clips to its side; a bed with a large headboard and floating night stands with drawers; and the third, “a wide, grand bed,” explains Tiffani Johnson, a senior buyer at Design Within Reach, “and a more traditional night stand, with open and concealed storage, for stuff that’s more private.”

Technology is changing so fast, says Maurice Blanks, one of the principals of Blu Dot, that it is best for furniture makers to address it in only the most general ways — with cord management, for example, usually a hole in the back of a drawer or shelf, but nothing as specific as a docking station — so that the pieces will be relevant a decade from now.

Ikea’s Vettre Night Stand ($50) has room inside for an outlet strip and a hole on the bottom shelf for cord management.

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