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Italian Wooden Coffee Table in Style of Paolo Buffa, Crystal Glass Top, 1950s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Wolfurt, AT
This coffee table in the manner of Paolo Buffa is from the Italian 1950s. It is designed with simplicity but appears elegant with walnut and maple and a crystal glass top.    
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Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Crystal

French Mid-Century Hammered Iron / Bronze Coffee Table, Style Giacometti
By Alberto and Diego Giacometti
Located in New York, NY
An elegant cocktail table in deeply hammered iron with bronze in the style of Giacometti. The stunning piece combines a spare Modern feel with Neoclassical spirit and features large ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wrought Iron

Mid-Century Modern Narrow Elliptic Coffee Table with Tapered Legs
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mid-Century Modern cocktail table with elegant tapered leg design. Legs function as table bases in ebonized walnut wood. Fitted with thick hand beveled elliptical or surfboard glass ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Square Brass Cocktail Table with Smoked Glass
By Mastercraft
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Mid-Century Modern square coffee table featuring a brushed brass plated metal frame and a removable smoked glass top. In the style of Mastercraft.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Brass

Chrome and Glass Coffee Table, Leon Rosen for Pace
By Pace Collection, Leon Rosen
Located in Chicago, IL
Chrome and glass cocktail table designed by Leon Rosen for Pace.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Midcentury Wenge Coffee Table with Glass Top by Kho Liang Ie for Artifort
By Kho Liang Ie
Located in Doornspijk, NL
This coffee table made of wenge wood with a glass top was designed by Kho Liang Ie, a Dutch-Indonesian talent best known for his design of the Schiphol Amsterdam Airport branding. H...
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wenge

Midcentury Wengé and Glass Coffee Table designed by Kho Liang Ie for Artifort
By Kho Liang Ie
Located in Doornspijk, NL
Midcentury Wengé and Glass Coffee Table designed by Kho Liang Ie for Artifort. This coffee table with its wengé frame and glass top was created by Kho Liang Ie, a Dutch-Indonesian de...
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wenge

Seguso "Vetri d'Arte" Coffee Table
By Archimede Seguso
Located in Madrid, ES
A coffee table produced by Seguso in 1950. Beautiful green cut-ground glass and brass connection. Fully original. Excellent condition.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Cut Glass

  • Seguso "Vetri d'Arte" Coffee Table
  • Seguso "Vetri d'Arte" Coffee Table
  • Seguso "Vetri d'Arte" Coffee Table
  • Seguso "Vetri d'Arte" Coffee Table
H 17.33 in. W 37.01 in. D 25.2 in.
Round Chrome Sputnik Atomic Coffee Table with Glass Top
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful Sputnik coffee table with six chrome balls on one-tier. Excellent condition. Clear glass top.
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Vintage Coffee Table by Pierre Vandel Brass and Glass
By Pierre Vandel
Located in FR
Midcentury coffee table by Pierre Vandel, Paris, France Makers label Black lacquered metal frame with brass trim Beveled glass top Overall good vintage condition minor scattered ...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Brass and Glass Coffee Table, Manner of P.E. Guerin
Located in North Bergen, NJ
Mid-Century Modern brass and glass coffee table.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

MIM Roma, Fiberglas Coffee Table, 1970
By MIM Roma
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful, 1970s lighted fiberglass coffee table MIM Roma (Mobili Italiani Moderni), Italy, geometric base with orange felted top, circular cut-out in translucent acrylic and interna...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Acrylic, Felt, Glass, Fiberglass

Charles Hollis Jones "Box Line" Coffee Table in Lucite and Polished Nickel
By Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The table is also available in brass. Stunning coffee table by Charles Hollis Jones from the "Box Line" collection, executed in Lucite and nickel. The table is absolutely gorge...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Nickel

Belgo Chrome Architectural G-Shaped 23 Carat Gold-Plated Two-Tier Coffee Table
By Belgo Chrome
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Two Identical available. Stunning architectural two-tiered rectangular gold plated 23 carat coffee table by Belgo Chrome, in Maison Jansen style, circa 1970. A very eye-catching Mini...
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Vintage 1970s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal, Gold

French Symmetrical Gold Metal Bamboo Side Table with Dark Glass Top
By Maison Baguès
Located in Den Haag, NL
French symmetrical gold metal bamboo side table with dark glass top.
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Coffee Table “Zodiac” Iron Glass, 1950, Italy
By Mid Century Antiques
Located in Milano, IT
Coffee table “Zodiac” iron glass, 1950, Italy.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Other Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass

  • Coffee Table “Zodiac” Iron Glass, 1950, Italy
  • Coffee Table “Zodiac” Iron Glass, 1950, Italy
  • Coffee Table “Zodiac” Iron Glass, 1950, Italy
  • Coffee Table “Zodiac” Iron Glass, 1950, Italy
H 16.15 in. W 43.31 in. D 17.72 in.
Henry P Glass Intimate Island Suite Walnut Upholstered Mid Century Coffee Table
By Henry Glass, Richbilt MFG
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Very rare Mid-Century Modern arched coffee table by Henry P glass from the intimate island suite for The Richbilt Furniture Co. Item features walnut veneer arched legs over a bent pl...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Plywood, Walnut

Vintage Oval Glass Top and Black Wood Coffee Table
By Century Furniture
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage 1970s oval glass top coffee table with a black wood base. The base is on casters and the table moves freely. The glass is .75” thick and very heavy. There are no marks but it...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wood

Mid-Century Italian Glass Coffee Table
Located in Houston, TX
Coffee table’s top is made out of thick piece of glass. Supporting base is made out of plexiglass and composed from four rectangular elongated pieces. Due to transparent material, th...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass

  • Mid-Century Italian Glass Coffee Table
  • Mid-Century Italian Glass Coffee Table
  • Mid-Century Italian Glass Coffee Table
  • Mid-Century Italian Glass Coffee Table
H 14 in. W 47 in. D 47 in.
Mid-Century Modern Glass Top Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A beautiful vintage modern propeller shaped metal base and a thick round glass top is sure to make an impression in any modern interior. An elegant design that boasts a tripod base w...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Brass and Glass Coffee Table
Located in Pasadena, TX
A Hollywood Regency style coffee table with a brass footed base and heavy glass top. Very nice patina.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Smoked Glass Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This large vintage coffee table features sturdy chrome frame with unique Mid-Century Modern style. Stylish tinted glass top adds to the charm of this oversized coffee table, making i...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Vintage Mid Century Bamboo Glass Coffee Table
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This handcrafted 1970's Bamboo Base Coffee Table is in great condition and comes with a new 3/8 inch square glass top with rounded edges. The unique intricate bamboo base has a beaut...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bamboo, Glass, Wood

Mid Century Round Glass and Chrome Coffee Table
Located in La Grange, IL
Mid century round glass and chrome coffee table Table measures: 32 wide x 32 deep x 16 inches high The base of the table is rusted, scratched, and dented. The glass top also is s...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Glass and Chrome Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful vintage square coffee table features a very thick glass top with slightly beveled edges. Sleek design with circular adjustable feet and a heavy chrome frame. This eleg...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid-Century Chrome and Glass Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage-modern coffee table featuring glass top with sculpted frame and legs, brass finish on legs. Please confirm item location NY or NJ with dealer.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

  • Mid-Century Chrome and Glass Coffee Table
  • Mid-Century Chrome and Glass Coffee Table
  • Mid-Century Chrome and Glass Coffee Table
  • Mid-Century Chrome and Glass Coffee Table
H 14.5 in. W 39 in. D 39 in.
Mid Century Rectangular Glass and Brass Coffee Table
Located in La Grange, IL
Mid Century rectangular glass and brass coffee table Coffee table measures: 50 wide x 25 deep x 15.75 high This piece is available in what we call restored vintage condition. Upon p...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Geometric Glass Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Custom, studio-made glass coffee with faux finish base. Unique geometric cantilever design is similar to the J. Wade Beam style so popular in the 1970s. Signed. Please confirm item l...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Paint

Mid-Century Modern Lucite and Glass Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning vintage modern coffee table boasts a large rectangular glass top with a light tint of green. An unusual design with four individual Lucite pieces. An elegant graduated ...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Acrylic, Lucite

  • Mid-Century Modern Lucite and Glass Coffee Table
  • Mid-Century Modern Lucite and Glass Coffee Table
  • Mid-Century Modern Lucite and Glass Coffee Table
  • Mid-Century Modern Lucite and Glass Coffee Table
H 15.75 in. W 35.75 in. D 59.75 in.
Mid-Century Modern Brass and Glass Coffee Table
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This 1960s Mid-Century Modern coffee table has a wood and brass base and a glass top. The base features three wood legs in an ebonized and lacquered finish with brass stretcher bars ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Italian Mid-Century Marble and Glass Vignelli Coffee Table
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Surbiton, Surrey
An Italian coffee table attributed to Massimo and Lella Vignelli. Unusual and scarce model with four different specimens of marble or stone. Italy, c1970s. The glass top ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass

Mid Century Opaxite Glass Coffee Table, 1960s, Czechoslovakia
By Interiér Praha
Located in Prague 8, CZ
Mid century opaxite glass coffee table from the 1960s. Associated with the world-renowned exhibition EXPO 58 in Brussels. It was produced by “Interiér Praha”. It features a beechwood...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Fiberglass, Wood, Beech

Mid-Century Modern Octagonal Chrome and Glass Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Unusual Mid-Century Modern octagonal coffee table with a chrome frame and glass tabletop. Interesting piece that is sure to compliment any modern interior. Please confirm item locati...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Industrial Style Glass Top Coffee Table
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Mid-Century Modern Industrial style steel based coffee table with a smoked glass top.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Italian Coffee Table, Bentwood and Glass
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Italian Coffee Table, Bentwood and Glass
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Bentwood

Mid Century Glass Top Chrome Wood Coffee Table
Located in Pasadena, TX
Mid century glass chrome wood coffee table Interesting mix of glass, chrome and wood in this 54" rectangular table. Measures: 54"W x 22"D.    
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Mid-20th Century North American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Brass Coffee Table with Glass Top
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Brass Coffee Table with Glass Top
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

  • Mid-Century Modern Brass Coffee Table with Glass Top
  • Mid-Century Modern Brass Coffee Table with Glass Top
  • Mid-Century Modern Brass Coffee Table with Glass Top
  • Mid-Century Modern Brass Coffee Table with Glass Top
H 19.69 in. W 48.43 in. D 16.93 in.
Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table, Chrome and Glass, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table, Chrome and Glass, 1960s
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid Century Modern Aluminum & Glass Round Cocktail Coffee Table
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Polished aluminum cocktail table with cross X-form base, which is well executed. Dimensional round glass top is original to the table.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Aluminum

Westnofa Mid Century Bentwood and Smoked Glass Coffee Table
By Westnofa Furniture
Located in La Grange, IL
Westnofa mid century bentwood and smoked glass coffee table This table measures: 35.5 wide x 35.5 deep x 16 inches high ?All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call rest...
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Vintage 1970s Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Bentwood

American Mid-Century Brass and Glass Coffee Table Set
Located in New York, NY
American Mid-Century brass round coffee table with a glass top with acorn finials and a lower stretcher which fits four small wedge-shaped glass top tables.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Lucite Coffee Table with a Glass Top
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning vintage modern coffee table features an unusually shaped Lucite base and a thick rectangular glass top. The unique curves of the Lucite offer sturdiness without sacrifi...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Beautiful Mid-Century Modern Glass and Lucite Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This gorgeous vintage modern coffee table features four individual Lucite bases holding up an extremely thick glass top with bevelled edges. The thick Lucite legs with smooth edges c...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Unique Mid-Century Molded Glass Coffee Table by Pace
By Pace Collection
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful vintage table features artisan style molded glass base with a round glass top. The truly unique fluid style of this all glass table makes a wonderful modern statement ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Biomorphic Coffee Table with Glass Top
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern biomorphic coffee table with glass top.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wood, Oak

Knoll Style Mid Century Glass and Chrome Coffee Table
By Knoll
Located in La Grange, IL
Knoll style mid century glass and chrome coffee table Coffee table measures: 48 wide x 30 deep x 15 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintag...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

Mid-20th Century Glass Topped G-Plan Coffee Table
By G Plan Furniture
Located in Manchester, GB
A mid-20th century teak G-Plan coffee table with smoked glass top and lower stage rack. Measures: Overall 71cm/28" wide x 78cm/30.75" deep x 41cm/16.25" high. Some minor scratc...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wood, Teak

  • Mid-20th Century Glass Topped G-Plan Coffee Table
  • Mid-20th Century Glass Topped G-Plan Coffee Table
  • Mid-20th Century Glass Topped G-Plan Coffee Table
  • Mid-20th Century Glass Topped G-Plan Coffee Table
H 16.15 in. W 30.71 in. D 27.96 in.
Henry Glass for SJ Cambell American Modern Coffee Table
By Henry Glass
Located in Hollywood, FL
The triangular top supported by three tapering legs connected with three armed stretcher, the top with central medallion and radial veneer. Designed by Henry P. Glass and produced by...
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Pace Mid Century Brass and Glass Coffee Sofa Table
By Pace Furniture Company
Located in La Grange, IL
Pace Mid Century brass and glass coffee sofa table Measures: 54 wide x 18 deep x 26.5 high See below for 5 ways to save! Free restoration: When you purchase a piece we carefully clea...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Brass and Glass Circular Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This vintage coffee table features a patinated brass finish, stylish sculpted base and simple modern design. Mid-century design qualities make this cocktail table a unique addition t...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Glass and Brass Coffee Table
Located in North Bergen, NJ
Mid-Century Modern coffee table. The bass is brass with a glass top.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Brass And Glass Oval Coffee Table
Located in New York City, NY
Stunning 1970s solid brass base with narrow oval glass top coffee table.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Mid Century Modern Coffee Table Glass Italian Design 1980s
Located in Palermo, IT
Large coffee table with rectangular cut transparent glass top that rests on 2 cubes of a particular frosted glass that gives water green reflections. The characteristic of this piece...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass

Large Mid-Century Brass Color Glass Coffee Table
By Milo Baughman
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern table with Dual glass shelves. Great for large living rooms. Features smoked glass. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).    
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Mid-Century Modern Walker Weed Stained Glass Coffee Table
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique vintage table features a colorful stained glass piece topped with matching glass top, both set into stylish tapered frame. The base is marked by New Hampshire craftsman W...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern Brass and Glass Coffee Table
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid-Century Modern coffee table that we manufacture in any diameter you chose and although this one has solid polished brass legs, optionally, you could spec; bronze, chrome, stainle...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Mid-Century Modern Aluminum and Glass Coffee Table, 1970
Located in Cerignola, Italy Puglia
This coffee table was produced in Italy in the 1970s, certainly designed by a great design that we do not know who is among the many who created in that period. In aluminum and dark ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Aluminum

Brass and Glass Oval Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table
By Mastercraft
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice brass base glass top coffee table.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Chrome Base and Glass Top Mid-Century Coffee Table
Located in Norwalk, CT
Heavy chrome base with 3/4 inch glass top coffee table.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Chrome

20th Century Mid-Century Modern Square Curved Glass Coffee Table
Located in Miami, FL
Coffee table curved glass made in 10 mm-thick curved glass. Exceptional piece.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Art Glass

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Mid Century Glass Coffee Table For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic mid century glass coffee table available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of glass, metal and brass, every mid century glass coffee table was constructed with great care. Find 6634 options for an antique or vintage mid century glass coffee table now, or shop our selection of 57 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. There are many kinds of the mid century glass coffee table you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. A mid century glass coffee table made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Hollywood Regency — is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one mid century glass coffee table that is appealing in its simplicity, but Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates and Maison Jansen produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Mid Century Glass Coffee Table?

Prices for a mid century glass coffee table start at $1 and top out at $120,000 with the average selling for $2,600.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right Coffee and Cocktail Tables for You

As a practical centerpiece to your living area, antique and vintage coffee and cocktail tables are an invaluable addition to any interior.

Low tables that were initially used as tea or coffee tables have been around since at least the mid- to late-1800s. Early coffee tables surfaced in Victorian-era England, likely influenced by the use of tea tables in Japanese tea gardens. In the United States, furniture makers worked to introduce low, long tables into their offerings as the popularity of coffee and “coffee breaks” took hold during the late 19th century and early 20th century.

It didn’t take long for coffee and cocktail tables to become a design staple and for consumers to recognize their role in entertaining no matter what beverages were being served. Originally, these tables were as simple as they are practical — as high as your sofa and made primarily of wood. In recent years, however, metal, glass and plastics have become popular in coffee and cocktail tables, and design hasn’t been restricted to the conventional low profile, either.

Visionary craftspeople such as Paul Evans introduced bold, geometric designs that challenge the traditional idea of what a coffee table can be. The elongated rectangles and wide boxy forms of Evans’s desirable Cityscape coffee table, for example, will meet your needs but undoubtedly prove imposing in your living space.

If you’re shopping for an older coffee table to bring into your home — be it an antique Georgian-style coffee table made of mahogany or walnut with decorative inlays or a classic square mid-century modern piece comprised of rosewood designed by the likes of Ettore Sottsass — there are a few things you should keep in mind.

Both the table itself and what you put on it should align with the overall design of the room, not just by what you think looks fashionable in isolation. According to interior designer Tamara Eaton, the material of your vintage coffee table is something you need to consider. “With a glass coffee table, you also have to think about the surface underneath, like the rug or floor,” she says. “With wood and stone tables, you think about what’s on top.”

Find the perfect centerpiece for any room, no matter what your personal style on 1stDibs. Browse a vast selection of antique, new and vintage coffee and cocktail tables today.