What makes a desk a Parsons desk? The depth and width of its square legs are the same thickness of the top. According to legend, it was created by students at the Paris branch of The Parsons School of Design*, who collaborated in response to a challenge issued by Jean-Michel Frank. Thus, there are dining, console, cocktail and desk versions of the table; neither the size of the surface nor the height matter, just the proportions of the legs to the thickness of the top. This same principle applies to Parsons consoles, coffee tables, dining tables, etageres and side tables.
* If you watch Project Runway, you're having a flashback to Catherine Malandrino and an awkward float down the Seine, aren't you?