Living in Hong Kong is extremely expensive -worst than NYC - when it comes to housing. Many young people who start out here need to live by the city - so the flats are profoundly small - so are the elevators - if they're lucky enough not to have a 4th floor walk up. Which costs extra on delivery.
A room that's 17 x 10 needs to be your living and dining room. That's actually large for most flats. Many don't have the luxury of a dining room.
I was thinking a round table is smaller and takes up less space but it takes up too much when you place the chairs around it. You need 30-36" to pull out a chair. So you need that much room before you hit another piece of furniture - like the sideboard.
The best concept is a long rectangle table - that's not floating in the room - but is flush against the wall - with seating of 2 people on both sides. It can be pulled out if you have more and use the ends.
The other idea in a small space is to keep the backs low. Eclectic looks around the dining table is the rage - and part of that fashion is the long bench. What about a bench on one side - people can face the living room or the table - and two fancy chairs with low backs on the other side.
A trendy low back upholstered chair - and add some nail heads around the back .
This is 32.5 h x 23w x 26 d - large enough for a western body style.
Shabby French look - the over-sized slipcovers that drape the floor. Again rustic raw table. I have one.... love it!
Simple black table dressed up with the velvet winged back chairs and the bench with nailheads.
A bench with a back - but the back is low.
A rustic wood bench to go with the rustic table. I love the look of the white slip covers. White soils - you have to be able to wash it.
Note the marble table on top of the rustic wood table. I would not want to lift this slab, but it looks very eclectic. Also note the more tailored looking benches with side pleating and tabs.
A tufted ottoman with again slip covered chairs and Louis chairs. Three different styles around a rustic table.
Pull the table to the end of the room and add a banquette. Now the entire space is opened up and the dining room is cozy in the corner. Add artwork or a fabulous mirror to brighten up the space.