This gives me an idea: You know how they have the coffee tables you can store stuff in? What about a Dining room table with a see through top you can put your place settings inside and just lift up like a door to get them out?
Trombe - Internal photo of a dining room extension in London. It incorporates a structurally glazed roof supported on laminated glass fins and beams. The extension has minimal frame sliding doors to maximise the views to a picturesque garden. The glass has heat mirror technology to provide a comfortable internal environment.